New orchestra conductor announced

March 24, 2014 | Arts, News, UToday, — Communication and the Arts
By Angela Riddel

John Pearse has been named the new director of the UT Symphony Orchestra.



Pearse also will teach an instrumental conducting course.

He brings a variety of professional experiences to the University. Pearse is an adjunct faculty member at Bowling Green State University, where he directs the New Music Ensemble. He also is the music director for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Maumee, and he is a mentor with the Detroit Civic Youth Ensembles.

While pursuing his master’s degree at BGSU, Pearse was the conducting graduate assistant. In that position, he conducted the University’s Opera Theatre, the New Music Ensemble and the Philharmonia Orchestra.

He received his bachelor of music degree in percussion performance with a minor in conducting from Indiana University in 2011. In 2013, he received the master of music degree in orchestral conducting from Bowling Green State University.

Pearse has performed with the La Cross Symphony Orchestra, Opera in the Ozarks, and with the Camerata Orchestra of Bloomington, Ind.

In addition, Pearse has performed in the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians 2012 music festival, and he is a member of the Percussive Arts Society.

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