In Sunday’s (3/29) Reno Gazette-Journal (Nevada), Forrest Hartman reports, “The Reno Philharmonic has hired Laura Jackson as its new music director and conductor, and executive director Tim Young says she was the favorite not only of the search committee but of orchestra musicians and the public. She is also the first woman to hold the orchestra’s top artistic post. ‘I feel ecstatic,’ Jackson said. ‘I really do. It’s often hard to sleep because I have so many ideas percolating in my head.’ ” Jackson says she felt immediate chemistry with the orchestra’s musicians. “Jackson studied conducting at the University of Michigan, and she has guest conducted around the world. Her credits include performances with the Philippines Philharmonic Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Boca Raton Symphonia. In 2007, she completed a three-year appointment as assistant conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The Reno job is her only permanent appointment at this time. … Her overall musical vision, she said, incorporates a mix of great works from the past, forgotten classics and works by contemporary composers.” Jackson is a former League of American Orchestras American Conducting Fellow.

Posted March 30, 2009