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Charles Latshaw Named As New Music Director

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Link to Arizona Daily Sun Article

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA (March 30th, 2017) – The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of Charles Latshaw as the new Music Director, beginning July 1. Latshaw will fill the vacancy left by Elizabeth Schulze, who is leaving after nine years of conducting the orchestra. Her final performance at the podium will be the April 21 concert at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium on the NAU campus.

Latshaw will be introduced to Flagstaff at the “Dancing For Our Stars” symphony gala dinner, dance and auction to be held Saturday, April 8, at High Country Conference Center. Five celebrity couples, including Mayor Coral Evans, will perform in a dance competition based on the popular TV dance show. Tickets for the event are still available by calling the NAU Central Ticket Office at 928-523-5661.

“I couldn’t possibly be happier about coming to Flagstaff,” Latshaw said. “When I was here for my audition week in October, every rehearsal, every meeting, every experience felt like the orchestra and I fit together perfectly. The FSO is a shining jewel in Northern Arizona, and I am so happy to be invited to be a part of its great legacy.” His first performance with the orchestra will be on September 29.

“We’re going to do so many amazing things together!” Latshaw said. “This orchestra is so strong, so vigorous, and such a vital part of the Flagstaff community.”

Currently the Music Director of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (Colorado), until 2016 Latshaw was the director of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival (Ohio)and the Kent State University Orchestra. He previously served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana. Latshaw has also held conducting positions with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Washington Sinfonietta, and Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. He was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic as their Herbert von Karajan conducting fellow in 2007. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in instrumental conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Latshaw is firmly dedicated to bringing orchestral music to new audiences, especially young people. Growing up in Ohio, he started playing trumpet in fifth grade. He has taught band, choir, general music, and musical theater to students of all ages. He has served as faculty for summer music programs, including the Rocky Ridge Music Center, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Strings Camp, and Palace Theatre summer programs. He has led “Side by Side” concerts for high school students with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. He is also an enthusiastic advocate of accessible and exciting contemporary works.

Latshaw has held the position of principal trumpet in orchestras in Ohio, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. He has performed with jazz bands as a trumpet player, vocalist, and band leader. In addition, he has appeared in acting and singing roles with the Palace Professional Theater of Manchester and the New Hampshire State Opera. Performance tours have taken him to Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic, as well as across the United States.

Latshaw is an enthusiast of building and operating camera-equipped unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs), better known as drones. Along with his wife Kelley, an accountant and flutist, and their dog, Henry, he enjoys spending time in the woods, camping, hiking, and skiing.
FSO Board president Stan Sutherland chaired the Search Committee, which was composed of FSO musicians, board members, and leaders from the community. He said, “The committee started with a pool of over 100 applicants, and we gradually narrowed the field to 4 outstanding finalists.  During their audition weeks, they all performed at a very high level, and the final selection was difficult.  But one candidate stood out as being the best fit for our town, our orchestra, and our plans to expand the reach and impact of the FSO.  The Board is very pleased with the committee’s choice, and we are excited to welcome Charles to our Flagstaff family.”

Financial support for the search process was provided by the sponsorship of Flagstaff law firm Aspey, Watkins & Diesel, Northern Arizona’s Law Firm.

Vote Online for FSO Gala Dance Teams!

To vote online:

Please visit the NAU Central Ticketing Office here.

To purchase tickets online:

Please visit the NAU Central Ticketing Office here or call 928-523-5661

 

The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Gala, entitled “Dancing For Our Stars” is taking on the adventurous task of adding a dance competition to the night’s events!

5 teams, comprised of local celebrities, will each dance for 90 seconds in an effort to fundraise for the FSO. Voting for the team of your choice can be done online at any time from now until April 8th.

Once the Gala begins on April 8th votes can only be made in-person. The dance team with the most votes will be deemed the winners at the close of the competition.

To read more about the 2017 Gala, including who the local celebrities are, what items will be included in the live auction portion of the evening, and more, please follow the link here.

 

Fourth, and final, Conductor Candidate To Give Vision Statement on 03/09/17

Join us for a presentation by Daniel O’Bryant, one of four finalists for the position of Music Director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. O’Bryant will give his vision statement in the Branigar-Chase room at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Thursday, March 9th at 2pm. He will present his vision for the future of the orchestra as well as his proposals for programming for the 2017-18 season.

There will be a Q&A and a reception with refreshments following the presentation. Attendees will also have an opportunity to provide feedback via email.

This event is free and the public is invited to join and participate. Visit our Facebook event to tell us you’ll be there (coming soon!)

Discover more about our audition season!

Third Conductor Candidate To Give Vision Statement on 2/16/17

Join us for a presentation by Lidiya Yankovskaya, one of four finalists for the position of Music Director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Yankovskaya will give her vision statement in the Branigar-Chase room at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Thursday, February 16th at 2pm. She will present her vision for the future of the orchestra as well as her proposals for programming for the 2017-18 season.

There will be a Q&A and a reception with refreshments following the presentation. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback via email.

This event is free and the public is invited to join and participate. Visit our Facebook event to tell us you’ll be there!

Discover more about our audition season!

Second conductor candidate to give Vision Statement 1/26/17

Join us for a presentation by Darko Butorac, one of four finalists for the position of Music Director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Butorac will give his vision statement in the Branigar-Chase room at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Thursday, January 26th at 2pm. He will present his vision for the future of the orchestra as well as his proposals for programming for the 2017-18 season.

There will be a Q&A and a reception with refreshments following the presentation. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback via email.

This event is free and the public is invited to join and participate. Visit our Facebook event to tell us you’ll be there!

Discover more about our audition season!

First Conductor Candidate To Give Vision Statement

Join us for a presentation by Charles Latshaw, one of four finalists for the position of Music Director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Latshaw will give his vision statement in the Branigar-Chase room at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Wednesday, October 19th at 2pm.

Mr. Latshaw will present his vision for the future of the orchestra, as well as his proposals for programming for the 2017-18 season.

There will be a Q&A and a reception with refreshments following the presentation. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback via email.

This event is free and the public is invited to join and participate. Visit our Facebook event to tell us you’ll be there!

12th Annual Home Tour

 

 

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Join our event page and let everyone know you are coming!

The 12th annual Home Tour fundraiser, hosted by the Flagstaff Symphony Guild, will be held on August 20th from 10am to 4pm and is an excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Flagstaff.

Five beautiful homes will be featured and all proceeds support the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra!

Tickets can be purchased for $35 by calling Mary at 928.522.0549

Tickets include a map and directions to all five homes.

 

Summer Chamber Series

The Oakmont will be serving a prix fixe dinner on Sunday, August 21st.

The Elden Brass Quintet performs at 5pm (free concert!) with dinner at approximately 6:30pm

Meals are set at a flat $35. You should RSVP beforehand as these dinners sell out quick!

Seating is limited, call 928-774-5107 to get your spot!

 

Four Course Dinner Menu:

1st course:

Simple Greens– Artisan greens, almond brittle, manchego cheese, sherry vinaigrette

 

2nd Course:

Silly Goat– goat cheese fondue, herb flatbread, charred cauliflower, lemon oil

 

3rd Course:

Swine and Scallop– Pan seared scallops, creamed corn, pancetta, smoked red pepper sauce

 

4th Course:

Airline– pan seared chicken breast, white truffle mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, pan jus

 

 

 

POSTER

The final concert is on Sunday, August 21st at 5pm.

Bring a chair (some will be provided) and enjoy!

The Summer Concert Series are free and the entire family is invited to join. There will be four total concerts, spread out over four weeks, each on a Sunday evening at 5PM.

Our title sponsor is Morning Dew Landscaping, a local business who is generously supporting these free events! We would also like to thank the following:
Edward Bowell and Anne-Marie Malotki

Otto and Jallina Franz

Nat and Jean White

Drs. Robert and Sheila Edgar

FSO Music Director Candidates Announced

The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra has announced four finalists in the search for its next Music Director.

The finalists, selected from more than 120 applications, are Darko Butorac of Missoula, Montana; Charles Latshaw of Kent, Ohio; Daniel O’Bryant of Flagstaff; and Lidiya Yankovskaya of New York City. Each finalist will spend a week in Flagstaff to rehearse and conduct a concert with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (FSO) in the 2016-2017 season.

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ABOUT THE FINALISTS

Darko ButoracButorac thumbnail is the Music Director of both the Tallahassee and Missoula Symphony Orchestras. He served as the Director of Orchestras at Northern Arizona University from 2004-2008, and has performed extensively at the Aspen Music Festival and Brevard Music Center. Butorac is the Grand Prix laureate of the Fourth International Vakhtang Jordania Conducting Competition.

 

Latshaw, Charles

Charles Latshaw is the director of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival and the Kent State University Orchestra. He previously served as artistic director and conductor of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana. Latshaw has also held conducting positions with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Washington Sinfonietta, and Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. In 2007 he was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic as the Herbert von Karajan conducting fellow.

O'Bryant thumbnailDaniel O’Bryant currently serves as the Director of Orchestras at Northern Arizona University. His prior appointments include Music Director of the Heartland Symphony, Associate Conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony, Assistant Conductor of the Salt Lake Opera Company, and Director of Orchestras at St. Cloud State University. O’Bryant was the founding director of both the Utah County Chamber Players and the St. Cloud State University Youth Orchestra.

Yankovskaya thumbnailLidiya Yankovskaya currently serves as Artistic Director with Juventas New Music Ensemble, Music Director with Commonwealth Lyric Theater, and as a conductor with the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. She served as a Conducting Fellow under Lorin Maazel, former Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, at his Castleton Festival. Yankovskaya’s performances have been awarded the American Prize and the National Opera Association Award, and she has been named part of Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Fellowship program.

FSO MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH FACT SHEET

In June 2015, Elizabeth Schulze announced she would conclude her tenure as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra in April 2017 at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Maestra Schulze began her tenure in 2008. Upon stepping down in 2017 she will have been the artistic leader of the FSO for nine seasons.

The FSO formed its Music Director search committee in August 2015. The committee consists of 12 members, including FSO musicians, board members, and community leaders.

The FSO received more than 120 applications for the Music Director position. The search committee identified four finalists through a thorough process that included review of application materials, videos of candidates conducting, and interviews.

On February 1, 2016 the FSO announced four finalist candidates who will conduct the orchestra during the 2016-17 season. The guest conductors will each be in Flagstaff for a concert week in October, January, February, and March.

Programs for the 2016-17 season will be discussed, planned, and agreed upon by the candidates and search committee.

The FSO plans to announce the 7th Music Director of the Flagstaff Symphony in spring 2017 at the conclusion of the four candidate concerts.