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Régulo Stabilito

Maestro Régulo Stabilito has been named ORCMA's next Music Director & Conductor, with duties beginning in December 2022.  In August 2022, following the 12-year tenure of Music Director Dan Allcott, ORCMA embarked on a national search for a new music director. The pool of 53 applicants represented a very high level of excellence and diversity.  Four talented finalists were each selected to lead a concert featuring the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and a special guest soloist of their choosing. ORCMA is deeply grateful to the exceptional finalists who presented unique community activities and exciting concerts. 

“It is a new era at ORCMA,” said James Rome, President of ORCMA. “Régulo brings renewed enthusiasm to the association along with a strong understanding of ORCMA’s commitment to innovative and inclusive programming.  He will begin his duties immediately and will be a continued presence in our community.” 

“I‘m truly honored to be appointed Music Director and Conductor of ORCMA,” said Stabilito. “And I’m extremely happy to join a great artistic and administrative team.”

Stabilito opened ORCMA’s music director search in August 2022 with his concert, “Six Degrees to Nadia Boulanger.”  The concert featured the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in music by Jean Phillipe Rameau, Igor Stravinsky, Lili Boulanger, George Walker, Aaron Copland, Astor Piazzolla, and Nadia Boulanger.  The special guest soloist was clarinetist Nickolas Hamblin. 

“I had a great experience working with members of the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and the Oak Ridge Chorus back in August,” continued Stabilito, “and I cannot wait to continue developing our relationship and presenting meaningful performance experiences of the masterworks and innovative and inclusive repertoire.”

Régulo Stabilito grew up muscially in the world-renowned project "El Sistema" in Venezuela and began his career as a conductor at the age of twenty, working directly with Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu and holding the responsibility of conducting principal orchestras in Venezuela. 

His commitment to Latin American music led him and his wife to create the Latin-American Music Initiative (LAMI), an organization with the mission of changing the anonymity of Latin American composers and the invisibility of their works by creating critical editions and promoting those works through performances, recordings, and workshops. LAMI was awarded the 2020 EXCEL Prize at the University of Michigan.

In the United States, he has served as conductor of the Ann Arbor Camerata, Spectrum Symphony Orchestra, and at the University of Michigan: Campus Symphony Orchestra and Campus Philharmonia Orchestra. In his academic career, Stabilito served as Visiting Director of Orchestral Activities and Professor of Conducting at Appalachian State University during de academic year 2021-2022.

During his career, Stabilito accompanied renowned international soloists, and made frequent appearances as conductor. In 2015, he debuted as Opera Conductor with the Primo Casale Opera Company and the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra, receiving exceptional reviews and accolades, which resulted in continuous return invitations for the following seasons. Simultaneously, he conducted several ballet productions with the Teresa Carreño Ballet Company, developing a special interest in conducting music for the dance.

Stabilito is a permanent guest conductor in the Festival Latinoamericano de Música (Latin American Music Festival) in Caracas, where he had conducted a great amount of world premieres and second hearings of Latin American works. 

In 2006, Stabilito debuted as guest conductor in Argentina maintaining his relationship with Argentinian orchestras as conductor.  He has been guest conductor in Brazil and Colombia, and has continued developing his career throughout Latin America, maintaining a very close relationship with principal orchestras in Venezuela, such as the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, and the Caracas Municipal Symphony Orchestra.

As educator, Stabilito has laboriously spearheaded “El Sistema” inspired teaching programs and conducting youth orchestras in Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Portugal, and United States. As a result of this experience, Stabilito has special interest for the social aspect of education especially in the younger players. 

Régulo Stabilito hold degrees from University of Michigan (DMA’21) (MM’19), Simón Bolívar University (MM’19) and the Santa Maria University (Law’11) Among his conducting teachers and mentors in are Kenneth Kiesler, Alfredo Rugeles, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Carlos Riazuelo, Manuel Hernandez-Silva.


Learn even more about Maestro Stabilito in this article by Joan-Ellen Zucker.