The Symphony at WKU kicks off its new season Friday night (Sept. 25) with a brand new conductor at the helm. Amy Bingham introduces us to Dr. Brian St. John in this week’s View from the Hill.
Dr. Brian St. John is the new Baker Professor of Music, one of three endowed professorships in the Potter College of Arts & Letters. This prestigious position includes an appointment as Conductor of the Symphony and Director of Orchestral Activities at WKU. Before joining WKU, Dr. St. John held faculty and orchestral director positions at the University of Evansville and Minnesota State University-Moorhead. He also served as 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 known as 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. More: The Symphony at WKU opens season.