When an organization so intimately associated with its director takes on the task on continuing under different leadership, it is tricky business. The death almost three years ago of Craig Smith, Emmanuel Music’s founder and charismatic leader for 37 years, left this organization with one tough act to follow.
After considerable thought, Emmanuel took a valid approach — appointing as the new artistic director someone who has been affiliated with the organization for a number of years. Ryan Turner has been a tenor with the choir since 1997, often as soloist, and since 2006 has been a guest conductor for a repertoire that has included Bach, Palestrina, Primosch, Schein and Schütz.
Another way to proceed under new direction is to inaugurate new ideas.