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Ellefson to Conduct Spokane Opera, Preside at Yale Conference
Dr. Randi Von Ellefson, director of choral activities at Oklahoma City University’s Bass School of Music, will conduct several works at the 25th anniversary celebration of Spokane Opera at the Fox Theatre in Spokane, Wash., on October 31. Ellefson was the first conductor for Spokane Opera and served as resident conductor from 1989-1996, leading three productions each year. The gala will feature singers from three continents. The following week, Ellefson will preside as president of the National Collegiate Choral Organization at its national conference at Yale University, Nov. 5-7. The NCCO boasts 600 members from college and university choral positions from across the nation. The Yale conference will feature concerts by choirs from across the United States and the premiere of “Symphony of Sorrows” by Aaron Kernis, performed by the combined choirs and the Graduate Orchestra of Yale. The event also includes presentations by renowned scholars and a festival concert conducted by Vance George, conductor emeritus of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. Later in the month, Ellefson will travel to Lima, Peru as a guest of the National Conservatory of Music. “It is hoped that this trip may begin a relationship for students and faculty of both institutions to share and exchange ideas,” Ellefson said. He will attend classes and rehearsals and present several master classes in conducting and American choral repertoire. Part of his residency includes the recital of renowned tenor Juan Diego Florez and the National Philharmonic Orchestra.