Carl St. Clair has been named the permanent director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.
St. Clair directed the orchestra for the third time last month. He is director of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Pacific in California and is a former student of Leonard Bernstein. He also has an extensive resume working with many of the major U.S. orchestras.
He will take over the position at the beginning of the 2013 orchestra season, said an announcement from the Centro Nacional de la Música, part of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.
Officials here began seeking a new director in 2011. The orchestra has been without a permanent leader since Chosei Komatsu left in 2010. Basically all the invited conductors who led the orchestra since then were being considered for the permanent post.
St. Clair, a U.S. citizen, projects an exuberant personality when he conducts. He attended the session when his selection was announced Friday.