From Associated Press

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has announced its appointment of Hugh Wolff, the 31-year-old associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, as its new music director and principal conductor.

The appointment, which takes effect Sept. 1, was announced last week at the annual conference of the American Symphony Orchestra League in San Francisco, where Wolff was one of two recipients of the first Seaver Conducting Award.

The $75,000 award, funded by the Seaver Institute of Los Angeles and the National Endowment for the Arts, recognizes "the talent and artistry of American conductors on the threshold of major international careers."

Kent Nagano, 33, music director of the Berkeley (Calif.) Symphony, also received a $75,000 prize.

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