JOLIET SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA appoints James Stopher as new orchestra director


James Stopher, DMA

Joliet Symphony Orchestra Director

The Joliet Symphony Orchestra at the University of St. Francis, founded in 2005 as a university-community partnership, performs varied works for orchestra and is open to USF students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the area community. The new director of the JSO beginning in September 2011 will be Jim Stopher, a native of Louisville, who completed his DMA (Doctor of Music Arts) at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore in May 2011. Stopher was named a winner of the annual International Conductor’s Workshop and Competition and a finalist for the Conductor’s Guild Thelma E. Robinson Award. In addition to his conducting skills, Stopher is a pianist and has been featured in a variety of venues nationwide.

The fall 2011 Joliet Symphony Orchestra season will feature a program entitled Orchestral Masterworks of Beethoven that will include Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, Elegischer Gesang, and the Egmont Overture. This concert will be performed on Sunday, December 11 at 3 PM in the Sexton Auditorium.


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