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In 2009 conductor Laura Jackson was appointed music director of the Reno Philharmonic in Reno, Nevada, where she has won praise for innovative programming, comprehensive community engagement, and initiating a composer-in-residence program for the first time in the orchestra’s forty-year history. After completing an appointment with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2007 as assistant conductor and American Conducting Fellow, Jackson has performed frequently with orchestras across the United States and beyond. Her guest conducting engagements have included performances with the symphonies of Alabama, Baltimore, Berkeley, Detroit, Modesto, North and South Carolina, the Philippines, Phoenix, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toledo, Toronto, and Winnipeg, among others. In addition, Jackson conducted the Colorado Symphony in a joint performance with Marin Alsop as the 2005 winner of the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship.

During her three-year tenure in Atlanta, Jackson conducted the Young People’s Concerts, the Symphony 360º series of interactive concerts including discussion and demonstration as well as performance, summer pops, and classical subscription series concerts. Prior to her appointment in Atlanta, Jackson studied conducting at the University of Michigan with Kenneth Kielser, graduating with a DMA in orchestral conducting in 2004, and attended the Tanglewood Music Center (2002 & 2003) as the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellow where she directed concerts including both traditional and contemporary repertoire.

Laura’s interpretation of Agusta Reed Thomas’ Spirit Musings was featured on the limited edition celebration CD, “Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood – a 10th Anniversary Celebration.”

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DAUGHERTY American Pop Naxos 8.503267

Role: Conductor 
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