BSU Professor Named New Conductor of Heartland Symphony Orchestra

Bemidji State University’s Ryan Webber, adjunct faculty of music, was recently named conductor of Heartland Symphony Orchestra, a nonprofit community orchestra serving the communities of Brainerd, Minn., Little Falls, Minn., and surrounding areas.

Both amateurs and professionals come together weekly from all over the region to rehearse and perform three full-length orchestral music concerts each season. As an orchestral musician, Webber has served as bass trombone in the Heartland Symphony from 2016-2019.

At Bemidji State, Webber currently teaches low brass methods and applied low brass. He guest conducts the Bemidji Area Community Band and co-directs the trombone choir and BSU pep band. Since 2017, he has served as the music director and pit orchestra conductor of Northern Light Opera Company. He previously served as the assistant conductor for the Lawrence Youth Symphony, which doubled in size during his tenure. Other organizations he has worked with include the Symphonette Orchestra of the Youth Orchestras of Kansas City, La Primavera Youth Orchestra, and Community Youth Orchestra of Southern California.



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