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National search underway for new symphony director


The Las Cruces Symphony Association (LCSA) is conducting a national search for the next director of the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra (LCSO). Maestro Lonnie Klein announced earlier this year that he will retire at the end of the 2019-20 season next May after 21 years holding the baton.

The position of director was posted on the LCSO website Nov. 1 and will remain open until Feb. 1, 2020.  From applications received, LCSA’s search committee will select the top four candidates. The committee will be comprised of LCSO/NMSU faculty musicians, LCSA board members, Executive Director Debra Medoff-Marks and a symphony patron, as well as Klein serving as member ex-officio.

During the 2020-21 season, each of the four candidates will be invited to Las Cruces to conduct one of four Classics concert cycles as their audition.

“We will have surveys for audience members and LCSO musicians to give feedback on each candidate, and at the end of the season, our new conductor will be chosen,” LCSA said.

For more information, visit www.lascrucessymphony.com.


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