The Longmont Symphony Orchestra Announces Conductor Finalists

After weeks of meetings and interviews, four conductor finalists have been named by the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Robert Olson, the Symphony’s current conductor, will be retiring after an October 2016 performance with the Longmont Symphony. Dr. Olson made this announcement last fall, so the Symphony began the search for his replacement. After receiving 60 applications from across the country, the Symphony’s Selection Committee has narrowed down the candidate pool to four finalists. As part of the interview process, each of these candidates will conduct one concert for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. This season will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

“The selection committee has chosen four very strong candidates that represent high musical values as well as the ability to engage our community.  We look forward to their concerts this season and the final selection of a conductor that will lay the groundwork of continuing to provide quality, diverse concerts, and outreach programs for another 50 years in this community.” Said Kay W. Lloyd, the Symphony’s Executive Director.

Below you will find more information on each of the finalists, along with their scheduled conductor performance.

Zachary Carrettin is the music director and conductor of the Boulder Bach Festival and interim director of the Early Music Ensemble at University of Colorado-Boulder. Before moving to Colorado, he was the Director of Orchestral Studies at Sam Houston State University. He holds a doctorate in Viola performance from Rice University and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Mr. Carrettin will be conducting the April 8, 2017 concert.

David Handel
David Handel currently resides in the Tampa, Florida area.  He has a bachelor’s degree in violin and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting both from the University of Michigan.  His international conducting experience includes orchestras in Russia, Chile, and Bolivia, and nationally in Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, California, and New York.  Mr. Handel will be conducting the January 28, 2017 concert.

elliot moore
Elliot Moore is the music director of the Detroit Medical Orchestra, the Blue Period Ensemble, and the Five Lakes Silver Band.  He has a master’s degree in cello performance from Lausanne Conservatory in Switzerland; a master of music in orchestral conducting from Manhattan School of Music; and a doctorate in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan. Dr. Moore will be conducting the November 12, 2016 concert.

David Rutherford
David Rutherford has been the Longmont Symphony’s rehearsal and guest conductor since 2010. He is music director and conductor of the Stratus Chamber Orchestra (formerly Musica Sacra – Denver) and the Valor Symphonics Youth Orchestra in Highlands Ranch.   As a string bassist, he performs regularly with orchestras along the Front Range.  He can be heard weekday afternoons and Sunday mornings on Colorado Public Radio. Mr. Rutherford will be conducting the February 25, 2016 concert.

For more information about the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, including upcoming events, please click here or call (303) 772-5796.

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