The Pasadena Symphony Association announced Friday the appointment of David Lockington as its music director and Nicholas McGegan as its principal guest conductor.
Lockington is the fifth music director of Pasadena's 85-year-old symphony orchestra. McGegan's position is newly created.
Their initial three-year contracts commence with the 2013-14 Singpoli Classics Series. In 2014-15, both will regularly conduct the orchestra, which also performs at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia during the summer.
"After conducting and getting to know the orchestra, I am excited to begin an extended relationship exploring great music-making,'' Lockington said. "I am also looking forward to connecting to the fabric of Pasadena and stimulating even more interest in supporting this community's live music.''
McGegan said he was "thrilled to be a part of the artistic leadership team of the Pasadena Symphony, along with David and Pops Conductor Michael Feinstein.''
"The Pasadena Symphony is the perfect creative playground for all of us,'' he said. "I look forward to expanding my orchestral repertoire in upcoming seasons here.''
An accomplished cellist before turning to conducting, Lockington spent 14 seasons as music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He also held the music directorships of the Long Island Philharmonic, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony and Ohio Chamber Orchestra.
Since September 2007, he has served as music director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he was named principal conductor of Spain's Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias. His guest conducting engagements include appearances throughout North America and internationally.
McGegan, long-standing music director of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Philharmonia Chorale, is also active in opera. He was principal conductor of Sweden's Drottingholm 1993-96 annual festival and artistic director of the Gttingen International Handel Festival. He has also guest-conducted across the United States.