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UI School of Music has hired University Symphony conductor for 1997-98
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa has appointed William L. Jones,
a UI music alumnus and the founding music director/administrator of the
internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies of Minneapolis
and St. Paul, Minn., to be director of the University Symphony for the
1997-98 academic year.
Jones will replace James Dixon, who retires at the end of the current
year after more than 40 years as the orchestra's director. Dixon succeeded
Philip G. Clapp, the founding director of the orchestra, in 1954.
David Nelson, director of the UI School of Music, commented: "We
are extremely fortunate to have someone of Bill Jones' experience, leadership
and commitment to direct the University Symphony next year. The orchestra
is a central part of the educational experience that the School of Music
provides to its students, and I know that Jones will continue the wonderful
tradition that Philip G. Clapp and Jim Dixon have created, that our orchestra
concerts are a source of inspiration for players and audience members alike."
Jones said, "I look forward with great enthusiasm to returning
to the University of Iowa and the School of Music. It is an honor to be
invited to be a part of the distinguished music faculty, and I am very
aware of the wonderful tradition that has been established there through
the orchestral program and the School of Music itself.
"I am especially happy to be in a position to share some of my
love and enthusiasm for music with the students."
Jones has appeared as a guest conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra,
the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonie Orchester AML-Luzern (Switzerland)
and other orchestras around the world. He has conducted all-state and festival
orchestras in 46 states and five Canadian provinces. He has been conductor-in-residence
at the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Miami (Fla.).
Among other honors, he has received the Twin Cities Mayors' Public Art
Award, the American String Teachers Association Exceptional Leadership
and Merit Award and the David W. Preuss Leadership Award, and he was Sigma
Alpha Iota Musician of the Year.
Jones was initiator and project director for the establishment of the
Minnesota School for the Arts. He has been Chairman of the Board of the
Minnesota Alliance for Arts in Education. He holds and Master of Fine Arts
in music from the UI and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.