Sean Baugh, who has been serving as associate artistic director of the Turtle Creek Chorale this season, has been named permanent artistic director.
Chorale Executive Director Bruce Jaster said the singing membership strongly supported the appointment and the announcement during the Chorale’s Tuesday night rehearsal was met with a standing ovation.
Throughout the season, Baugh has reversed declining attendance and recent shows have been sold out.
Jaster said Baugh would work with the Chorale full time and reduce his affiliation with Cathedral of Hope to part time. Thursday rehearsals and Sunday services would continue at CoH under Baugh’s direction.
“Cathedral of Hope is my spiritual home,” Baugh said. “I’m excited to be able to continue my work there as well. Both organizations are dear to me and I cannot imagine my musical life without both of them working in tandem.”
Baugh has been with the chorale nine years. He joined during former artistic director Tim Seelig’s final season. Through most of his tenure at TCC, he has been a conductor of specialty groups and has also served as an officer of the organization.
Jaster said planning has begun for the 2015-16 season that will be announced before this season’s final concert in June.
The next concert, entitled “Britain, Beatles and Bond,” takes place April 23-25 at City Performance Hall. Tickets are now on sale.
This weekend, the Chorale performs twice — at the DIFFA event on Saturday and at a memorial for former Chorale president Chet Flake at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 8 at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 6525 Inwood Road.