May 31, 2016
Jon Cromer, president of the Longview Symphony League Board of Directors is pleased to announce Dr. Moon as the new conductor of the Longview Symphony. "Dr. Moon brings a strong skill set and a wide range of experiences that we believe will be a successful combination as we work to move the Symphony forward and grow our audiences. His exciting and engaging conducting style will bring a new energy to our concerts as we begin the next chapter in the 48 year history of the Longview Symphony. The Board went through an extensive and thorough selection process and engaged feedback from a variety of sources - namely our patrons and musicians. All four of the finalists were well-qualified and did an outstanding job conducting each of their respective concerts throughout the 2015-2016 season."
Dr. Moon is the Director of Orchestras and Musical Director of Opera at Stephen F. Austin State University. He is dedicated to the East Texas community. Dr Moon told us, "I am so excited about becoming part of a wonderful group of musicians and community members. I am very proud of the Longview Symphony and its service to the community and region as its premier symphony orchestra. I have admired the orchestra's history under three exuberant music directors and am humbled and honored to be chosen to continue the legacy."
Dr. Moon earned his bachelor in music education and music performance from the
University of Central Oklahoma, master of music education from New York University
and his doctorate of musical arts in orchestral conducting from the University of
Oklahoma. Dr Moon's doctoral thesis was on the history of the Longview Symphony.
The Longview Symphony Artistic Committee and Dr Moon are working to finalize the 2016-2017 season. The upcoming season will be programmed to entice our current patrons while bringing new audiences to the orchestra's programs.
Dr. Gene H. Moon joined the faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University as Director of
Orchestras and Musical Director of Opera in 2006. Prior to his appointment, Moon
served as music director and conductor of the Oklahoma Youth Symphonies, piano
faculty and opera conductor at the University of Central Oklahoma and assistant
orchestra director for the Mid-Del Public Schools in Midwest City, OK.
The Orchestra of the Pines, the university’s flagship orchestral ensemble, performs four
classic concerts, two choral masterworks and a full opera production each season. In
addition to his concert obligations, Moon teaches graduate conducting and orchestra
administration, coaches chamber groups, opera scenes and oversees student teaching for
the string area. He currently serves as the area coordinator for the strings area. Moon also
serves as chair for the prestigious Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition, an annual
festival inviting the most talented high school musicians from around the world
competing for prize money and a guest solo performance with the Orchestra of the Pines.
He has led orchestras and performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the
country and overseas. Dr. Moon is highly sought after as guest clinician with recent
engagements including region orchestras throughout the state of Texas and surrounding
states, the 2012 North Central Honor Orchestra in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the 2014
and 2011 Louisiana All-State Orchestra, a 2010 engagement conducting the Gang Nam
Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, South Korea and the 2008 TPSMEA (Texas Private
Schools) All-State Orchestra. Recent engagements include conducting the 2016 Arkansas
All-State Orchestra and an international appearance with the University of Macau
Dr. Moon has performed with the Fort Smith Symphony (AR), Longview Symphony Orchestra
(TX), Lawton Philharmonic (OK), Enid Symphony (OK) and the Shreveport Symphony
Friday, July 8, 2016
Pinecrest Country Club
214 Club Dr, Longview, TX 75602
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The Longview Symphony will continue to perform classical music at the highest caliber!
Concert dates for our 2016/2017 season:
- October 8, 2016
- December 16, 2016
- February 17, 2017
- April 21, 2017
This concert season made possible in part by grants from: