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Fort Dodge Symphony 2011 Concert Season

October 13, 2011
Twist and Shout
The Fort Dodge Area Symphony is excited to announce the schedule for the 2011-2012 season; entitled ‘Welcome Home Our Treasures”. Each concert will feature a Fort Dodge area native showcasing their particular musical talents. This season will also be a showcase of guest conductors.

The first concert will be held on Sunday, October 16th, at 3:00 pm, at Phillips Middle School auditorium. Guest Pianist for the concert is Michelle Havlik-Jergens. She will be performing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto in C minor, Mvt.

She is the pianist for the Fort Dodge Choral Society and also for two local churches. Michelle maintains an active schedule as a coach, clinician and recitalist.

Havlik-Jergens also regularly appears with students and faculty at Drake University, where she is on staff as a Collaborative Artist. A student of Chiu-Ling Lin, she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano pedagogy from Drake. She was a 1987 Symphony Young Artist winner, a soloist with Drake and Wartburg, and twice won the top Keyboard Artist Award in Iowa.

She has entertained aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines and collaborated with the Des Moines Ballet, Palm Beach Symphonette, Center Stage Players and Poinciana Playhouse.

Guest Conductor for the concert is Ross Leeper. He previously served as conductor from 1978-1985. Following his tenure as band director of the Eagle Grove Middle School, Leeper moved to Indianola to become Director of Bands at Simpson College, He continues to live in Indianola and is currently high school band director in Knoxville.

He is past president of both the Iowa Bandmasters Association and the American School Band Directors Association. He is a founding member of the American School Band Directors Association Foundation and has served as chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The Fort Dodge Area Symphony Season will continue their 2011-12 season with Concerts on December 4th; March 4th and April 22nd. Mark your calendars for these fun dates!

Symphony Board member Ardella Hein, and also a member of the Symphony , said the Board is busy with their membership Drive, and encourages people to join. For more information, or to buy a membership, call Hein at 573-4224; Memberships are $35 per year for one adult, and $60 per year for a family membership.

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