In 2016-2017, the Fresno Philharmonic welcomes six conductors who are candidates to become the next music director, each of whom will conduct a Masterworks concert this season: Sameer Patel, Daniel Meyer, Alexander Mickelthwate, Aram Demirjian, Rei Hotoda and Jose-Luis Novo.
The Fresno Philharmonic operates on an annual budget of approximately $1.5 million and has an endowment of approximately $2 million. The Fresno Philharmonic has approximately 65 tenured musicians all of whom are members of the American Federation of Musicians. Hailing from Greater Fresno, as well as cities throughout California, they bring a wealth of talent and experience to Fresno Philharmonic concerts and many are actively engaged in teaching music in our community. The Philharmonic is managed by a staff of four full-time and two part-time employees. It has a 25-member Board of Directors composed of community leaders who govern the organization and provide financial resources through their contributions and fund raising activity. Like every professional symphony orchestra in the U.S., the Fresno Philharmonic depends upon the generous support of the community it serves.