LASO Seeks Conductor

LASO News:

The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra (LASO) is seeking a permanent conductor. LASO is soliciting letters of interest and résumés from interested parties by Jan. 20. Qualified applicants will be called to arrange for an interview sometime in February. Three persons will be selected to audition with the orchestra by conducting one complete concert cycle in the 2014-2015 Season.

LASO dates back to 1948 and is a typical community orchestra, comprised of volunteers from the community, who play at a wide spread of ability and experience. It generally has 50-60 members and rehearses at 7 p.m. Mondays at Los Alamos High School.

LASO typically performs two regular concerts a season, with a Christmas concert in December and a joint concert with the Los Alamos Choral Society in addition to those two concerts. Music is chosen by the music director (conductor) and a music selection committee. 

Participation in all rehearsals is encouraged, however it is understood that many musicians are employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory, causing them to travel and miss rehearsals.

“LASO performs best with a conductor who has a clear sense of the music he or she wants from the orchestra and can address this in rehearsals while accommodating the sometimes difficult schedules of the orchestra members,” LASO spokesperson Jackie MacFarlane said.

Those interested in conducting or in learning more should call Rachel Hixson at 505.500.8061 or rachel.hixson@gmail.com. Send résumés to the same email address.

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