Monadnock Music has new leader

Gil Rose is the new artistic director at Monadnock Music.

PETERBOROUGH — A local classical music organization has named a new artistic director.

Gil Rose, a conductor and formerly the artistic director of Opera Boston, will start Feb. 1 at Monadnock Music.

He was chosen from more than 70 candidates for the job, which will entail conducting, engaging artists, being responsible for season programming and helping to design and oversee education and outreach programs, among other duties.

“Gil’s vision, his enormous and distinguished orchestral and operatic experience, as well as his diverse interests in chamber music, vocal, new and early music truly excited the selection committee and the Board of Directors,” said Executive Director Will Chapman in a news release.

Monadnock Music, founded in 1966, presents diverse classical music programs throughout the area and hosts an annual summer festival.

“I’m looking forward to continuing and developing the great tradition of the festival and I am particularly looking forward to working with and getting to know the whole community,” Rose said in the release.

Rose founded the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which performs and records modern and contemporary music, in 1996. He became Opera Boston’s music director in 2003 and was appointed the company’s first artistic director in 2010.

He has been a guest conductor nationally and internationally for opera companies and orchestras, including at Tanglewood and with the Netherlands Radio Symphony, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the National Symphony Orchestra of the Ukraine and Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.