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An Interview With Russell Ger… Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra Conductor

Russell Ger. (photo provided)


Russell Ger. (photo provided)

By Mark Gerlach

Classical music has guided conductor Russell Ger on a journey from Australia to Brooklyn, and most recently to the helm of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Ger, 35, was picked in September, after an almost two-year selection process, to take the reins of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Originally from Australia, Ger moved to the U.S. in 2008 to receive a master’s degree in orchestral conducting at the Boston Conservatory. He currently lives in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Ger moved to the U.S. because it has a large number of orchestras and opportunities. “I left with a packed bag and a resolve that this is where my new life is going to be,” he said.
It took Ger time to transition to his new home and develop a social life. He had visited the U.S. before moving. When he was 19, Ger spent about six months traveling the world, including a stop in New York. His career is the “driving force” in his life, he said. “I’m a very ambitions and driven person… I don’t remember a time that I didn’t want to be a musician.”

As a teen, Ger wanted to be a film composer. As he grew older, his focus shifted to conducting. Trying out conducting as a “neophyte” was like “taking a bite of a candy apple,” he said. He was “bewitched.”

To read the full article see the Friday, Dec. 16 editions of The Sentinel and Orange County Post.

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