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March 29, 2004

UI Conductor William LaRue Jones Is Elected To String Association Board

William LaRue Jones, director of the University of Iowa Symphony and head of orchestral studies in the UI School of Music, has been elected to the Executive Board of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), starting May 15 of this year.

Elected as a member-at-large, Jones will serve a two-year term on the board.

The American String Teachers Association is a professional organization for anyone who is involved in the teaching of string instruments, as teachers, students, players or instrument makers. According to its web page, ASTA is "committed to advancing string education and performance. Our members include teachers, faculty, performers, string industry representatives, students and string enthusiasts. We are all passionately committed to the future of string education not only in our country but around the world."

David Nelson, director of the UI Division of Performing Arts, commented: "What a great tribute! Election to the executive board is truly significant recognition of Professor Jones' work as a music educator and conductor of young string players over the past 40 years."

"It is an honor to be chosen through a nation-wide nomination and election process," Jones said. "Now is an exciting time to join the board. It will be our growing responsibility through conferences and publications to serve the very diversified membership of ASTA, which involves all aspects of string education on all levels. In addition to what is considered 'traditional' string pedagogy, there is an urgent need to embrace and be inclusive of the 'non-traditional' population -- fiddling, jazz, alternative music and so forth."

A UI music alumnus, Jones joined the faculty of the School of Music in 1997 as director of the University Symphony and director of orchestral studies. Prior to joining the UI faculty, Jones was the founding music director/administrator of the internationally recognized Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.

Jones has appeared as a guest conductor with a wide array of professional, festival, collegiate and student ensembles throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, ranging from the Minnesota Orchestra and the Minneapolis Pops to the Penang (Malaysia) Symphony, the Antofagasta (Chili) Symphony and the Symphony Orchestra of Lucerne (Switzerland). Jones has conducted more than 70 all-state orchestras with additional festival/clinics in most of the 50 states and Canadian provinces.

He has served extended conducting residencies at the North Carolina School for the Arts, the University of Miami, Interlochen Academy for the Arts and Kansas City Conservatory. He also is the founding artistic director of the critically acclaimed Conductors Workshop of America. In addition to serving as guest clinician for numerous conducting seminars for professional/educational associations internationally, Jones is music director and conductor of the Oshkosh (Wis.) Symphony.

Jones is a highly honored musician, having 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. He has also been selected Musician of the Year by Sigma Alpha Iota, a music honorary society.

Jones holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin, University of Iowa and Kansas State University, with additional studies at the Juilliard School of Music and the University of North Texas.

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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