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St. John named Conductor of The Symphony, Director of Orchestral Activities

The WKU Department of Music and Potter College of Arts & Letters announce that Dr. Brian St. John has accepted the position of Conductor of The Symphony and Director of Orchestral Activities at WKU beginning in the fall of 2015. In addition, Dr. St. John will hold the Baker Professorship of Music, one of three endowed professorships in Potter College of Arts & Letters.

Dr. St. John has an extensive background in orchestral conducting and pedagogy. He is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra Activities at the University of Evansville, where he directs the University Symphony Orchestra and teaches courses in conducting, music technology and composition. He has also served at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, was the Resident Conductor for the Longmont Symphony Orchestra in Colorado, Music Director of the Longmont Youth Symphony, and Music Director for the Niwot Timberline Symphony (now the Boulder Symphony Orchestra).

Dr. St. John earned a bachelor’s degree in viola performance and a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance and a doctor of musical arts degree in orchestral conducting from Arizona State University. He will join an esteemed roster of WKU faculty, area educators, and community supporters who have contributed to the highly successful and recognized string and orchestral educational development in the Southern Kentucky region.

Contact: Scott Harris, (270) 745-3751

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