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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal bass Jeffrey Turner is the new director of orchestral activities at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music, succeeding Sidney Harth, who died Feb. 15. Turner will retain his Pittsburgh Symphony position.

He will conduct the Duquesne University Symphony Orchestra and provide artistic and administrative leadership for the school's orchestral program.

The bassist has been an adjunct professor at Duquesne since 1988 and has served as chair of the string department. He earned a master's degree in conducting from Carnegie Mellon University. He has been music director of the City Music Center Chamber Orchestra, and conducted the Duquesne symphony and other ensembles.

Turner lives in Gibsonia with wife, Tonya, and their two children.

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