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Joshua Zona - conductor

"Conductor Joshua Zona's insightful and energetic performances have garnered prase from audiences, musicians, and media alike"

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As Music Director and Conductor of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra in Alexandria, Louisiana since 2005, Maestro Zona and the orchestra have enjoyed tremendous success, though thoughtful programming, community engangement, and educational initiatives. Maestro Zona's visionary leadership has brought the Rapides Symphony to new heights of artistic excellence and audience growth through thoughtful, provocative programming. Highlights of the 2014-15 Season include Shostakovich - Symphony No. 10, Brahms - Symphony No. 1, Gershwin- "Rhapsody in Blue" and more.
Mr. Zona is also the founding Music Director of the Renova Music Festival in western Pennsylvania. The festival, started in 2012 brings together nationally-recognized artist faculty and pre-professional aged musicians from around the country for two weeks of chamber music and chamber orchestra instruction at the beautiful, relaxing Villa Maria Community Center.He has held the position of Artistic Director of the Louisiana International Piano Competition since 2012. In this capacity, Mr. Zona organizes and ensures the continued growth of the competition through the selection of an international artist jury, global adverisement and recognition of the competition, winners concert performances at Weill Recital Hall in New York City, and performances in concerts and recitals throughout Europe.
Mr. Zona's conducting has brought him around the world, working with such orchestras as the St. Petersburg State Acadamy Orchestra, the St. Petersburg (Russia) Chamber Orchestra, the Puebla (Mexico) State Symphony, Sanremo (Italy) Symphony Orchestra, and the Constanta (Romania) Symphony Orchestra, Sinfolario (Lake Como, Italy) and return engagements with The City of Grosseto Symphony (Tuscany, Italy), and EurOrchestra Bari (Bari, Italy).
As assistant conductor of Southeast Texas in Beaumont, TX from 1999-2004, Mr. Zona conducted award-winning educational concerts for thousands of area school children, pops concerts, and community outreach performances. He also led the Southeast Texas Youth Symphony, working closely with local music educators to grow the orchestra both artistically and in the number of outstanding students participating in the orchestra.
Maestro Zona holds a Bachelor's Degree from The Ohio State University and went on to graduate study in Horn Performance at the Cincinnati Collge-Conservatory of Music. As a graduate conducting student at Ball State University, he was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Muncie (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State Univerisity.