ROCKFORD – Linc Smelser of DeKalb has been named the new conductor of the Rockford Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Smelser has been the conductor and music director of the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and works with the Northern Illinois University music department, where he also directs the NIU Youth Sinfonia and Symphonette.
Smelser is also a professor of cello at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. He was named conductor of the year in 2009 by the Illinois Arts Council.
The RSYO will hold a second audition from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 20 at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., for its 49th concert season, which begins in September.
Appointments must be scheduled in advance by calling 815-972-2935 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
While all students are welcome to audition, the orchestra is particularly looking for students to audition for strings, brass and flute.
Single tickets are now available for the 2014-2015 season. Prices start at $22, and student tickets are available for $7 for any classics or pops performance.
Visit rockfordsymphony.com/rsyo for more information.