Metro schools tuning up for annual orchestra festival

February 1, 2018 01:07 PM

Guest conductors provide students great educational opportunity

Some 400 student musicians from area schools will take the stage of the Paramount Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 3, for the annual Metropolitan Orchestra Festival. Students representing the Cedar Rapids, Linn-Mar, and Mount Vernon school districts will present a middle school concert at 6:15 p.m. and a high school concert at 8:15 p.m. The orchestras will work with local directors as well as two guest conductors.

As guest conductor for the intermediate Philharmonic we are welcoming back Joshua Reznicow.  Reznicow holds a BM in string education and composition/theory from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Masters in Arts and Teaching (MAT) from Coe College. Mr. Reznicow is currently Director of Orchestral Activities for the Linn-Mar Community School District in Marion, Iowa, as well as adjunct faculty at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for Composition and String Methods. Reznicow has been a frequent guest director of youth orchestras and honor orchestras throughout the state and region. He has guest directed the Cedar Rapids Youth Philharmonic, West Des Moines Elementary Orchestra Festival, Kennedy Honor Orchestra Festival, Davenport Intermediate String Festival, Waterloo Community Middle School Honor Orchestra, Dubuque All-City Festival, Ames’ Iowa Junior Honors Orchestra Festival in Ames, and the Metro Honor Orchestra Festival.

Carey Bostian will conduct the Symphony, featuring 10th-12th grade players.  Carey has been conductor of the Iowa City Community String Orchestra since 1998. Born and raised in Granville, Ohio, he came to study at the University of Iowa in 1993. He holds a MFA in orchestral conducting as the last student of James Dixon, and a DMA in cello as a student of Charles Wendt. Carey is the Artistic Director of Red Cedar Chamber Music and is the former Principal Cellist of Orchestra Iowa. He is a member of the conducting faculty at the Preucil School of Music, and has served as conductor at Coe College, Grinnell College and Lawrence University. Carey is an active clinician as both conductor and cellist throughout the region and actively promotes new music. 


Tickets may be pre-ordered online at or by calling 319-366-8203. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.

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