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Itkin Receives Full Professorship; signs three-year extension with Abilene Philharmonic

By Floyd Miller



The Abilene Philharmonic announced today that its Music Director, David Itkin, has been appointed full professorship at the University of North Texas College of Music as Director of Orchestral Studies effective with the 2008-09 academic year. Itkin is finishing up his third season with the Abilene Philharmonic and recently signed a three-year extension to his contract. This will keep him with the orchestra through the 2010-2011 Season. Itkin is also currently the Music Director of both the Arkansas Symphony and the Las Vegas Philharmonic.UNT is one of the largest and most prestigious university music programs in the world. David Itkin adds, “It’s an honor to be in a senior position on their faculty and I’m looking forward to what I’m sure is going to be a very exciting adventure.”He is equally excited about signing on with the Abilene Philharmonic for another 3 years. “My hopes and goals are to continue the success and the excitement that we have been generating among the great audiences that have been coming to see us every concert and furthering the excitement that surrounds the Abilene Philharmonic right now,” says Itkin. Since Itkin will be residing in Dallas now, instead of Arkansas, it will be a lot easier for him to come and go into Abilene. Itkin and Leanne Baldwin, executive director of the Abilene Philharmonic will be releasing the new 2008-2009 Season on May 3rd at the final concert of the year. The new season promises to be superb.For tickets, call the Philharmonic office at 677-6710 or 460-0610 or visit the Philharmonic office located at 402 Cypress Street. Information is available online at In its 57th year, the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra is one of Abilene’s oldest performing arts organizations. Led by Music Director and Conductor David Itkin, the Philharmonic is the only professional orchestra within 80 miles of Abilene and draws audiences from more than 50 Texas cities. The Philharmonic provides opportunities for the public to enjoy excellence in symphonic performance by offering musical diversity and innovative educational programs in order to enrich the quality of life in our community. Information concerning the Abilene Philharmonic’s 2008 program and donor opportunities may be found by visiting

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