La Crosse Symphony announces “Conductor Wannabe” winners

Posted on: April 19, 2012

A report Tuesday (4/17) on News8000.com (La Crosse, Wisconsin) states, “Two lucky music-lovers will have the chance to lead the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra in this weekend’s upcoming performance. It’s part of the organization’s annual ‘Conductor Wannabe’ contest. Five contestants competed to raise the most money for the orchestra and the top two winners were announced Tuesday. Each will conduct a song during Saturday’s performance. One of the winners is Terry Rindfleisch, a former La Crosse Tribune reporter who covered the symphony for three decades. The other winner is an Onalaska High School student, and the first ever student to compete in the contest. ‘It’s a wonderful organization. It’s really a musical gem in our community that a lot of people, sadly, don’t know about it, especially people my age. Even though they know symphonic music, they don’t know everything about it or understand what they do so it’s really exciting feeling to be able to conduct,’ says Onalaska Junior Bjorn Blomquist. … The five conductor wannabees shattered all previous records by raising more than $46,000 for the symphony.”

Photo of La Crosse Symphony conductor Alexander Platt

Posted April 19, 2012