GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — After a three year search, the Grand Rapids Symphony has announced their new music director, Brazilian born Marcelo Lehninger.Lehninger has succeeded David Lockington as music director, who was with the Grand Rapids Symphony for 16 seasons. Marcelo will become the 14th music director in the 86 year history of the symphony. Marcelo Lehninger, was born in Brazil and most recently was the music director of the New West Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles. Before that, he was associate conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. During the search for the new music director, the search committee brought in 14 different conductors. Lehninger came in to guest conduct for Dvorak’s “New World” Symphony No. 9 in February and Respighi’s “Pines of Rome” in April.The search committee voted unanimously for Marcelo, who signed a five year contract through 2021 effective July 1st.Watch the video above to hear from President and CEO of the Symphony, Peter Kjome and an extended interview with Marcelo.For more information on the Grand Rapids Symphony and the upcoming Picnic Pops.