PEI Symphony Orchestra Names New Music Director


PEI Symphony Orchestra Names New Music Director

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – April 25, 2024 – After an intensive search, the PEI Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) is thrilled to announce Jaelem Bhate as its new Music Director.  Entering its 57th season, Bhate becomes PEISO’s ninth Music Director in PEISO’s history.

“From our first meeting, I felt a special connection with the musicians, staff, administration and audiences of the PEISO,” said Bhate.  “I feel there is an extraordinary amount of commitment and passion in this orchestra, and I am honoured to receive the trust of the PEISO community to begin this new chapter with them. I am beyond excited to make music with these artists and to contribute to this organization and its patrons.”

Jaelem Bhate was selected after a year-long search, which included a final audition round during the PEISO’s 2023-24 season.  As part of the audition process, PEISO season subscribers and a newly formed student committee, representing five Island high schools, had the unprecedented opportunity to contribute to the selection of the next Music Director.

“The search process for PEISO’s new music director has been extensive and we had the fortunate situation of having many talented candidates apply,” said David Sharpe, PEISO Board President.  “Ultimately, Jaelem Bhate rose to the top, with consistently glowing reviews from musicians, subscribers and the student committee alike, who have demonstrated their support of and excitement in this search process.  Jaelem brings an energy and drive to engage and lead our symphony in its artistic endeavours and community initiatives.  PEISO is really excited to have Jaelem Bhate in this leadership role.”

2024-25 subscriptions for Jaelem Bhate’s first season with the PEISO will be available in May.  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 20, 2024
·       November 24, 2024
·       March 2, 2025
·       April 6, 2025


The Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra (PEISO) is one of PEI’s most respected performing arts organizations, providing Islanders with vibrant live orchestral experiences including classical, cross-genres, family and chamber-music concerts. Entering its 57th season, the PEISO is a proud member of the community and enriches the region through dynamic performances, comprehensive educational activities and impactful community relationships.

Media Contact:

Laura Ono
PEI Symphony Orchestra