Elizabeth Schulze, the new director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, has a wealth of musical credentials to recommend her for this post. But it was evident from her performance at Monday's press conference that she also has an engaging personality that should serve her well as she takes up the baton.
Schulze, whose appointment comes after a two-year search, said that the job is a "thrilling opportunity" in part because she would be following in the footsteps of Maestro Barry Tuckwell, who she described as a "musician of such high quality."
Though her contract doesn't require it, Schulze said she will move to the community, and looks upon it as part of her job to reach out to families and young people. Asked what she feels is the greatest challenge to serious music is to "continue to emphasize the relevance of great art."
To that end, she said she looks forward to meeting with young people in the community, not only because they're the future listeners, but also because some of them will be her colleagues in the orchestra 10 or 15 years down the road.