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Emeritus Professor of Music/Director of Orchestral Studies, University of Iowa

Artistic/Executive Director, Conductors Workshop of America

Music Director/Conductor, Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra

National Past President, American String Teachers Association




University of Wisconsin, Madison                DMA

University of Iowa, Iowa City                        MFA

The Juilliard School of Music                       Hours

Kansas State University, Manhattan            MA

Kansas State University, Manhattan            BS

University of North Texas, Denton               Hours




University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa   1997-2019, 2020-2021

Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral Studies.

Principal Duties :  Conduct and administer the overall orchestral program

which consists of the University Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, the

Chamber Orchestra and an All-University String Orchestra. Additional duties

include responsibilities for Graduate Conducting Studies and Opera performances.


Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra (Iowa) 2016-present

Music Director/Conductor of eighty member professional orchestra with six subscription concerts annually.


Pro Corde Chamber Consort (Iowa) 2008-present

Music Director/Conductor of forty-five member professional orchestra.


Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra (Wisconsin) 2003-2008

Music Director/Conductor of eighty member professional orchestra with six subscription concerts annually.


Conductors Workshop of America   1986- present

An intensive week-long workshop designed to provide professionals in the field an opportunity to revitalize their analysis and score study abilities, refine gestural skills, and improve rehearsal pacing and concepts.


International Workshops  1989-2004

Lead conductor of Orchestral Conducting Workshops throughout Europe and Australia, and Music Director of International String Orchestra


Bloomington Symphony Orchestra   1997 - 2000

Music Director and Conductor of semi-professional orchestra, providing artistic leadership and programmatic directions for metropolitan suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.                                     


Greater Twin Cities’ Youth Symphonies, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN 1972-97

Founding Music Director/Administrator of internationally recognized youth symphony structure comprised of eight orchestras which involved over 1,000 young people from a 200-mile radius of the Twin Cities.  GTCYS performed over 60 concerts annually throughout North America and internationally.


Orchestral Institute of America 1986 - 97

Founding Artistic Director/Administrator of a two week residential institute devoted to the study and performance of the world's finest orchestral repertoire.  Full orchestras, chamber music, recitals, guest artists, private study, master classes, constituted an intensive experience for elementary through college age students.


3M Symphony, Saint Paul, Minnesota 1974 - 87

Music Director of 65-piece community orchestra comprised of amateur and professional musicians.


MacPhail Center for the Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1979 - 90


Conductor of chamber orchestra of professional musicians devoted to performance of concerti/arias.


University of Wisconsin-Madison 1970 - 72

Associate Conductor, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras: TA, Freshman/Sophomore Theory.


Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa 1967 - 70

Assistant Professor:  Conductor of orchestra and teacher of theory, form & analysis, and double reeds.


Middle Island Public Schools, New York, New York 1962 - 67

Music Instructor, classroom and instrumental ensembles (strings and winds).


GUEST CONDUCTING                                                                                                                                   


Professional Orchestras

Minnesota Orchestra

Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Sinfonie Orchester AML-Luzern (Switzerland)      

Penang Symphony (Malaysia)

South Dakota Symphony

Minneapolis Chamber Symphony 

Minneapolis Pops Orchestra

Antofagasta Symphony (Chile)                      

Orquestra Sinfonica do Theatro da Paz (Brazil)

Zhangzhou Symphony (China)

Nanchang Philharmonic (China)

Birch Creek Pops Orchestra (Wisconsin)                        

Philomusicia (Minnesota)

Rochester Symphony (Minnesota)                                

Charlotte Symphony (North Carolina)                                     

Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony                                        

Hershey Symphony (Pennsylvania)

Mankato Symphony (Minnesota)

Clinton Symphony (Iowa)


International Outreach: Conducting, Clinics, Workshops

Harbin, China, 2018

Sichuan, China, 2017, 2018

Hsinchu, Taiwan, 2017

Tianjin Conservatory, 2017

Hong Kong Baptist University, 2016

Guangsi Arts University, Nanning, China, 2016

Wuhan Conservatory of Music, Wuhan, China, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018

Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Shanghai, China, 2007, 2016, 2018

Shenyang Conservatory of Music, Shenyang, China, 2014, 2016

Jiangxi Academy, Nanchang, China, 2014, 2016

Xian Conservatory of Music, Xian, China, 2013, 2017

China Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

XXIII Festival Internaconal de Musica do Parά, Belem, Brazil, 2010

Singapore American School Festival, Singapore, 2010

Malaysia Music Festival, Alor Star, Kedah, Malaysia, December, 2009   

Asian Pacific Arts Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March, 2009

Shenyang Normal University, Shenyang, China, November, 2006, 2007

Australian String Teachers Assn. Conference, Brisbane, Australia, January, 2007

Midwest International Band & Orchestra Conference, Chicago, IL, December 2006

Asian Pacific Arts Conference, Kobe, Japan, November, 2006

Shanghai Opera School Performance Demonstration, May, 2006


International String Orchestra, Music Director/Conductor

Brisbane, Australia, 2001

Graz, Austria, 1989, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004

Calgary, Alberta, 1990

Lausanne, Switzerland, 1991

Honolulu, Hawaii, 1993

Lyon, France, 1994

Glasgow, Scotland, 1995, 1999

Stavanger, Norway, 1997, 2002             

Biarritz, France, 1998, 2003                   


Conductor in Residence

University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984                            

North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, 1987-89

University of Minnesota, 1989

University of Miami (FL), 1990-91



Principal Bassoon, Minnesota Opera and Ballet

First Call, Minnesota Orchestra

First Call, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

Bassoon, Madison Symphony, Opera, and Ballet, Wisconsin

Principal Bassoon, Cedar Rapids Symphony, Iowa

Principal Bassoon, American Ballet Theatre, Minnesota

Principal Bassoon, South Shore Symphony, New York   

Principal Bassoon, Huntington Symphony/Opera, New York

Principal Bassoon, Topeka Symphony, Kansas

Bassoon, St. Paul Opera


Hershey Symphony (PA)

Mississippi Valley Symphony (MN)

University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra

Bismarck/Mandan Symphony (ND)

Ottumwa Symphony (IA)

Bimidji Symphony (MN)


American String Teachers Association, National President: 2018-2020 

American String Teachers Association, Governing Board: 2016-2022

International Symposium on String Education, Governing Board (Norway)

Yamaha International Orchestral Advisory Board (Japan) 

World Youth Orchestra Conference (Tokyo), U.S. Representative

World Federation of Amateur Orchestras (Kanazawa, Japan), Founding Board           



Medal of Honor: Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic

Collegiate Fellow: University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence

Exceptional Leadership and Merit Award: American String Teachers Association

Mayors' Public Art Award: Twin Cities (MN)

Musician of the Year Award: Sigma Alpha Iota

International Who's Who in Music

David W. Preuss Leadership Award



Andante from Symphony No. 5--Felix Mendelssohn Arr. William LaRue Jones. Pub. Alfred Music

American String Teacher Journal: multiple articles in print 2016-2020

Compact Disc: Conductor: “Music for Piano and Chamber Orchestra”. Pro Corde Chamber Consort, Ksenia Nosikova, Pianist.  2009 Profil (Germany)

Compact Disc: Conducted 2005 recording of “Monsterology” by Lawrence Fritts CD 2007


Compact Disc: “Bassoon Images: Music from the Americas”. 2003 Albany Records

Performed bassoon duo with Benjamin Coelho


Video Program: “The French Connection” celebrating Hector Berlioz 200 birthday. University of Iowa and Iowa Public Television. Recorded live February 26, 2003. Numerous broadcasts.  


Compact Disc:  “An International Holiday,” with Tony Sandler and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, William LaRue Jones, Conductor.  Westmark, 1998


"Puccini's operas no trip to purgatory" Iowa City Press Citizen, April 6, 2016 


“From Tony Sandler with Love,” an Iowa Public Television Valentine’s Day Special with the Des Moines Sinfonietta, William LaRue Jones, Conductor, June 1-2, 1998.  Broadcast February 12, 1999.


“The Orchestral Movement in the United States of America.”  Paper presented at the World Youth Orchestra Conference, Tokyo, Japan, 1994; revised version presented WYOC Conference, Ishikawa, Japan, 1996.


“The State of Amateur Orchestras in the United States.” Paper presented at the founding of the World Federation of Amateur Orchestras, Kanazawa, Japan, 1998.


“The Orchestra and American Education” Music Education in the United States.Univ. of Alabama Press, 1988.







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