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Orchestra Leader to Step Down

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by Nat Frothingham

MONTPELIER — After five years as music director of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, Paul Gambill is leaving his position to devote his time to a national organization that he co-founded in 2011. Gambill will conduct his final concert with the orchestra on Sunday, June 7.

Reflecting on his time with the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, Gambill expressed fondness for the people he has worked with. He thanked participants for supporting his ideas “enthusiastically and with passion and good energy.”

Joseph Choquette — president of the orchestra’s board of directors — praised Gambill for his many achievements. “Paul has brought more than his genius as a conductor to Montpelier. His creative programming has engaged people of all ages and his depth of experience within the broader arts community has contributed greatly to the culture of our small city.”

Gambill will devote his entire energies to the Community Engagement Lab. Gambill described the lab as an organization that puts together partnerships between teaching artists (writers, musicians, poets, dancers, visual artists and theater professionals) with school and community groups.

A current project at Montpelier’s Main Street Middle School involves the theme of “Hometown” and asks this question: “How do you know your hometown?” Students at the middle school are exploring the idea of homelessness and income inequality and are working in a music composing residency with teaching artist Evan Premo. As part of that residency, students will compose a work for orchestra and chorus that will explore the “invisible presence” of hunger and income inequality in Montpelier. This new musical work will be part of two “We Are Vermont (A Celebration of Hometown)” finale concerts, one at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph on Friday, April 10, 7:30 p.m. and another at the Montpelier High School Auditorium on Saturday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.

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