As the principal bassist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Turner makes sure it has a solid foundation. Now Duquesne University has asked him to do the same for its School of Music, but from the podium. Friday it named him director of Orchestral Activities.
"Duquesne University is extremely fortunate to have a musician of Jeffrey Turner's caliber taking responsibility for providing orchestral education," said Edward Kocher, dean of the School of Music. Mr. Turner, an adjunct faculty member there since 1988, will head the orchestra program and conduct the Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra. He will remain in his post with the PSO but give up his teaching at Carnegie Mellon University.
"It's an honor for me to serve the music school, and it is a great opportunity for me to grow as a conductor, but my number one priority is to serve the students as an educator," said Mr. Turner, who succeeds the late Sidney Harth. "I am grateful to Dean Kocher and [PSO president] Larry Tamburri, who both understand the good that comes from collaborations with Pittsburgh's universities."