The Ottumwa Symphony Board of Directors is pleased to announce that William LaRue Jones has accepted the position of conductor for the symphony beginning in October of 2016. Jones’ conducting schedule includes a wide array of professional, festival, collegiate and student ensembles throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia ranging from the Minnesota Orchestra to the Penang Symphony in Malaysia to the Symphony Orchestra of Lucerne (Switzerland).
A Texas native, 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.
As a professional performer, Jones was the principle bassoon of the Minnesota Opera and Minnesota Ballet and was first call associate with the Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for over 15 seasons.
Jones has been Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies and Conductor of the Orchestras and opera at the University of Iowa since 1997. In 2011, Jones was named a Collegiate Fellow in Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Jones was awarded the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor in recognition of his contributions internationally to music education.
For his untiring work on behalf of music and arts education, he has been honored with the David W. Pruess Leadership Award, the American String Teachers Associations Exceptional Leadership and Merit Award, The Sigma Alpha Iota Musician of the Year Award, WCCO Radio “Good Neighbor Award” and the State of Minnesota Governors’ Proclamation of “Dr. William LaRue Jones Day.”