LUCIA MATOS, music director of the Northern Illinois University Philharmonic and the Opera Workshop at NIU, has been named to an additional post as music director and conductor of the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, based in Spring Valley, Ill. The first woman to hold that title at the IVSO, she begins her tenure next season. Orchestra director at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh from 2003 to 2008, Matos had earlier served as assistant conductor at two professional orchestras in her native Brazil. She has appeared with numerous orchestras in the U.S. and abroad, and her first commercially distributed CD (with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra) was recently released by Cala Records. A semi-finalist in the Béla Bartók International Opera Conducting Competition, Matos studied conducting at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, and holds master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa.

Posted June 19, 2009