Friday, April 30, 2021

Special Announcement from NJSO Music Director Xian Zhang

Dear Patrons,

As we actively plan our return to the stage this fall for an in-person 2021–22 season, I want to share news about an exciting and important addition to the NJSO family.

Daniel Bernard Roumain, whose work the NJSO has performed most recently in the powerful commission that was featured in our TRANSCEND concert film, will be joining our artistic leadership group through the 2022–23 season.




Daniel will be our Resident Artistic Catalyst, bringing new commissions, dynamic performances and advisory activities to support our education and community programs. This is a new role here at the NJSO, and I am incredibly proud that Daniel has collaborated on its creation.

A quick sneak peek at the new season we are planning: Daniel will perform his Voodoo Violin Concerto for our season premiere. It’s truly a striking piece, and I can’t wait to conduct it. Additionally, the NJSO will premiere two new commissions from Daniel over the next two seasons.

Daniel is an incredible educator as well. He will coach our young musicians of the NJSO Youth Orchestras, engage with the students of the El Sistema New Jersey Alliance and partner with the NJSO on new digital content for school communities.

The reach of Daniel’s advisory role will extend beyond performances and community, as he’ll also be joining the NJSO’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. He has been an important voice leading conversations around DEI in our industry, and his experience will bring an opportunity to advance the NJSO’s growth in these areas of focus.

It’s with great admiration and appreciation that we acknowledge founding Amadeus Circle and Laureate Society member Judith Musser for the support that has made this addition possible. An active member of our DEI Committee, Judy is dedicated to fostering the work of artists who speak to issues of today and push cultural institutions beyond their traditional roles. Thank you so much, Judy!

This news of Daniel joining us is really exciting, and it is just the beginning of what’s to come. Daniel has been a great friend to the NJSO since our co-commissioning of his groundbreaking work Dancers, Dreamers and Presidents in 2011. We now look to develop an even deeper relationship with him. Very soon we will have more great news about our summer activities, which will also include Daniel. I can speak on behalf of everyone here at the NJSO—we appreciate your patience as we finalize our plans for a safe return, and I can’t wait for our entire NJSO family to meet Daniel!

Hope to see you again soon,


Xian Zhang
Music Director


Learn more about Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)

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