POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Idaho State Civic-Symphony has named Julie Sorensen as interim conductor for the 2017-2018 season.
Sorensen is currently part of Idaho State University’s music faculty and is the conductor of the symphony’s Youth Orchestra.
By assuming the new position, Sorensen becomes one of the handful of female conductors in the country.
The “Racial/Ethnic and Gender Diversity in the Orchestra Field” report by the League of American Orchestras states only 20.5 percent of American conductors in 2016 were female.
“The Symphony is very excited to announce Sorensen as our interim conductor,” said Heather Clarke, executive director of the symphony. “She is very talented and accomplished musician and conductor, and we are excited to see what she does with the symphony this year.”
The symphony’s 2017-2018 season will kick off on Sept. 22 featuring Saint-Saens “Organ Symphony #3” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol.”