Finalists to Audition as Guest Conductors



PEI Symphony Orchestra Announces Finalists for Music Director Search

Finalists to audition as Guest Conductors for the 2023–2024 Season

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – June 15, 2023 – The PEI Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) is excited to announce the 2023–2024 concert season dates and the finalists for the Music Director Search. Marking a new and spectacular chapter in the orchestra’s history, the PEISO welcomes four dynamic Guest Conductors to the podium. Each is a finalist for the Music Director position and will complete a final audition by leading one of the upcoming PEISO concerts this coming season.

In order of appearance, the Guest Conductors are Jaelem Bhate, Kira Omelchenko, Juliane Gallant and Daniel Black.  Each Guest Conductor’s profile is available on the orchestra’s website at

“We are eager to release news of this groundbreaking season and are truly delighted to present these four charismatic guest conductors,” said PEISO Board President Wraychel Gilmore. “Each finalist is distinguished in their unique artistic vision, leadership prowess, and contributions to symphonic music. Their individual performances will bring a richness of talent to the PEISO stage.”

Each concert takes place on the following Sundays at 2:30 pm in the Sobey Family Theatre at the Confederation Centre of the Arts:

  • October 15, 2023, featuring Jaelem Bhate
  • November 19, 2023, featuring Kira Omelchenko
  • February 25, 2024, featuring Juliane Gallant
  • April 7, 2024, featuring Daniel Black

Further details about each guest conductor’s concert programming will be released later this month.

As part of the audition process, PEISO season subscribers have an unprecedented opportunity to contribute to the selection of the next Music Director. After each concert, patrons will receive an email survey to share their feedback on the performance and the guest conductor. Season subscriptions will be available for purchase by the end of June.

“The PEISO community is an integral part of the Island’s artistic endeavours, so their voice matters,” continued Gilmore. “We are thrilled to give valued subscribers this unique role in the selection of our new Music Director.”

For more information, please visit our website at

Media Contacts: Ryan Drew or Laura Ono

PEI Symphony Orchestra

(902) 892-4333