Symphony has new conductor

Joshua Barlage will be the new conductor for the 2013-14 concert season with the Fort Dodge Symphony.

Barlage accompanied the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra on its tour to the People’s Republic of China in June 2005 and led the CSYO on a series of fully staged performances of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” with dancers from Columbus Youth Ballet Academy.

Apart from his conducting duties, Barlage serves as the managing director of the Des Moines Symphony Academy, a full-fledged community music school offering students in Central Iowa music education and performance opportunities.

He said the Fort Dodge area is extremely fortunate to have an orchestra to call its own, and the players impressed him with their overall talent and passion.

Barlage holds a bachelor of music degree from Capital University Conservatory of Music, Columbus, Ohio. He has held assistant conducting positions with Opera Columbus, Columbus Light Opera and the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras. As an assistant with Opera Columbus, Barlage worked with renowned guest conductors and soloists, preparing opera choruses and covering main stage rehearsals and performances.

In March 2002, Barlage led performances of Susan Kander’s “Somebody’s Children,” a youth opera for three soloists, youth chorus and small ensemble; based on the story of the orphan trains in post-Civil War America.