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HSO seeks new conductor; Aerie leaves

Heartland Symphony Orchestra (HSO), a 50-player community orchestra based in Brainerd and Little Falls, is saying goodbye to its music director and conductor Josh Aerie and is seeking a new one.

The HSO is a nonprofit organization governed by a 16-member volunteer board of directors and currently employs a conductor, a concertmaster, an orchestra manager and a business manager.

The new conductor will be hired for HSO’s 2013-14 concert season with program planning beginning in the spring and concerts to be held in October, December and April 2014.

Applications for the position, including letter of interest, resume and letters of support are due May 15.

Aerie has served HSO since 2009.

HSO board president Tom Kotval issued the following statement: “With great sadness, we wish farewell to Maestro Josh Aerie, our charismatic and talented conductor. Under his inspired direction for the past several years, HSO has grown in polish and professionalism. The orchestra members have grown extremely fond of Josh, plus having great respect for him and his abilities. He will be missed by the musicians, HSO board of directors, HSO staff and all who care about our orchestra. We are all sad to see him go, but realize he has new and exciting opportunities to explore. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors, and thank him for all he has done for HSO.”

Based in Duluth, Aerie is a performing and recording cellist and chamber musician, music educator and advocate and symphonic conductor. Last weekend’s spring concert series was Aerie’s final concert series.

For more information on the concerts or the position, contact the HSO at 800-826-1997 or

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