This week, Present Music announced the appointment of local musician Eric Segnitz and nationally recognized conductor David Bloom as its future co-artistic directors. Founder Kevin Stalheim, who is retiring in June, will officially welcome the new leadership team in July.
"I am absolutely thrilled that Eric Segnitz and David Bloom have been chosen going forward," says Stalheim. "I have the greatest respect for their talents which I think will combust into a bright and imaginative future for Present Music."
Segnitz, a native of Milwaukee, is currently a part of Present Music’s "In the New Chamber" concerts that take place Feb. 21-22 in the Jan Serr Studio in UWM's Kenilworth Building. For this show, Segnitz chose to showcase all women composers in a time when most performing arts groups fail to include pieces composed by women and non-binary composers.
Bloom, who currently lives in New York, served as a visiting conductor for Present Music and worked with the organization for the past three years.
"Working with Present Music has been one of the highlights of my artistic life. I am excited to join this intrepid organization and to continue its impactful work," says Bloom. "I am particularly looking forward to working with Eric Segnitz, whose boundless creativity is matched only by his tireless dedication to this ensemble."
Segnitz, who will also continue to perform with the ensemble, expressed his delight in taking on this new role.
"I'm very grateful to the board and Kevin for the confidence they've shown in me, and also to the people who have been so important in the history of the organization," says Segnitz.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.