Michael Roest will step down as executive and artistic director of the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra to take a new job on the West Coast.
After three years leading NOYO, he’ll take a final bow Sept. 30 to become director of pre-college and adult extension divisions at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Andrew Machamer, currently general manager of NOYO as well a conductor of one of the ensembles, will take over Roest’s position Oct. 1.
“While I am excited for this next stage of my life, I am sad to leave such an incredible community and organization,” Roest said. “I’m delighted that Andrew is stepping into the director position. I know that I’m leaving NOYO in capable hands. He’s an outstanding musician, educator, and administrator and he’ll do a fantastic job propelling NOYO forward.”
NOYO board president Ryan Miller said Roest has led the orchestras with “a vision that has yielded tremendous organizational and artistic growth. We’re excited for Michael’s appointment, as it is a testament to the quality of his work and his continued dedication to music education.”
Machamer also has an extensive background music education and administration. He holds a doctorate degree in bassoon performance from the University of Minnesota and lectures at Baldwin Wallace University.
In July, Machamer was appointed conductor of the NOYO wind symphony, a brand new ensemble that caters to middle school-aged woodwind and brass players. He will conduct the symphony in addition to his duties as executive director.
Roest will transition from his role here over the next two months. He will conduct the first philharmonia orchestra as his final concert with NOYO at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23 in Finney Chapel at Oberlin College.