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Joan Landry

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    Meet the Musician: Joan Landry on becoming a conductor



Biography

Joan Landry made her debut as Assistant Conductor of the Honolulu Symphony during the 2003-2004 season. As Assistant Conductor, Ms. Landry programs and conducts the Symphony's Youth Music Education Program, which reaches more than 30,000 children annually, and presents a series of full orchestra youth concerts for pre-schoolers through high school students throughout the season. Ms. Landry also consults with Music Director Samuel Wong on artistic issues and serves as a community advocate for music education. In addition, Ms. Landry hosts the Honolulu Symphony's pre-concert lecture series, Concert Conversations .

Ms. Landry's Honolulu Symphony Halekulani MasterWorks 2003-2004 season conducting highlights include Haydn's Symphony no. 101 in D major ( The Clock ), and Wagner's “Gathering of the Armies” from Lohengrin with the Honolulu Symphony Brass .

Most recently, Ms. Landry held the positions of Apprentice Conductor of the Oregon Symphony and Music Director of the Lewis & Clark College Orchestra. Her recent conducting engagements of note include guest conductor with the Karlsbad Symphony Orchestra and the Oregon Bach Festival, and cover conductor with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

During the Oregon Symphony's 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons, Ms. Landry performed on more than twenty programs of all genres, including Subscription, Pops and Family concerts. In addition, she programmed and conducted educational concerts for the Portland Young People Series, as well as four regional Oregon concert tours. Ms. Landry served as a lecturer for the Oregon Symphony's Monday Night Listener Tune-Up series and Pre-Concert Talks, and served as a moderator for the Post Concert Conversations program.

A Massachusetts native, Ms. Landry holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. She received her Master of Music and Artist Diploma in orchestral conducting from the Hartt School of Music, where she also received the Honors Award of Excellence in Instrumental Conducting. In 2002, Ms. Landry participated as a Seminar Conductor in the National Conducting Institute, founded and directed by National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Leonard Slatkin.

August 2004
Joan Landry