Montreal Symphony Orchestra to reveal new organist
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) will announce its latest addition today: an organist-in-residence.
The OSM held its final auditions for the position at the Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Montreal on Sunday, and the results are expected to be announced today.
One of the four finalists, Jean-Willy Kunz, said he believes organ music can be combined with a range of other art forms including contemporary dance to breathe new life into the music.
"I have lots of projects … I think that could be good also to bring a new audience to [the orchestra]," Kunz said.
The other three finalists include Vincent Boucher, Jonathan Oldengarm and François Zeitouni.
The selected organist-in-residence will start the job in November.
Currently under construction, the orchestra's new Grand Orgue Pierre Béique will be one of the largest mechanical organs in the world.
The new organist will also be charged with preparing the new organ for its inauguration, set for spring 2014.