Dubuque Symphony names Rob Stull and Ghyas Zeidieh to lead youth orchestras

Posted on: July 31, 2020

“As the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra figures out how its youth ensembles will function during the new school year, it welcomes two new directors for those groups,” writes Herb Trix on Wednesday (7/29) at radio station WVIK (Iowa/Illinois). “The DSO recently hired Rob Stull as conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra (DSYO), and Ghyas Zeidieh as conductor of the Youth String Ensemble and Philharmonia. The youth orchestra has about 35 students, from grades 8 to 12, and the lower ensembles [comprise] mostly students in grades 5 to 8. Dr. Stull—who earned his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music—is Director of Bands and Assistant Professor at Clarke University [in Dubuque], and replaces Benjamin Firer…. Dr. Zeidieh—who has a doctorate from the University of Iowa—has led many workshops with student orchestras and youth symphonies, including the Quad City Youth Symphony…. Hannah Von Mulert, education director for the Dubuque Symphony, says the DSO is working on a schedule for the fall, while waiting for the school district to figure out its schedule…. Normally, the youth ensembles would start auditions and rehearsals in late August, with three concerts during the year.”