Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are canceling our Conductor Wannabe Competition 2020. We hope that everyone stays healthy and safe during this time. We plan to bring this back in full swing next year!
As this is a major source of funding for the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, we invite you to donate if you are able in this unprecedented time. Your donation will help to offset the loss of income from our needed cancelation.
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Conductor Wannabes from 2019 are below:
is a Special Needs Financial Planner. He will be raising funds for the Veteran’s Memorial Pool Campaign. Joel is involved in Rotary East and Ironwood Ranch. His musical background is with the church choir while his mom is a retired music teacher. He did sing in his own wedding! Joel is excited to be a Conductor Wannabe because he is able to support both the community arts and recreation.
is a Community Volunteer, County Board Supervisor and Attorney. Her music performance has been mostly limited to playing percussion in Mardi Gras parades growing up in New Orleans. Maureen enthusiastically supports the arts, the environment, interfaith collaboration, and neighborhoods. Board leadership has included the La Crosse Public Education Foundation, Couleecap, and La Crosse Jail Ministry. She is eager to be a Conductor Wannabe to introduce more people to the important work of Jail Ministry, as it offers hope, transforms lives, and leads to positive change for our community.
has recently retired as the Outreach Coordinator at Mississippi Valley Conservancy. Her chosen charity is the Family and Children’s Center. Kathy is a group fitness instructor, nature educator, and does the National Ski Patrol. Her music career goes all the back to middle school with the French Horn, but she prefers to hear the symphony play these days.
is a Nurse Educator at Gundersen Health System during the day. The rest of his time is spent navigating the streets of the La Crosse region to get to his children’s events and volunteer opportunities. Jeremiah’s time, energy and amateur superhero status (which was bestowed upon him by his youngest), are focused on education, healthcare, the arts, and the hope of cultivating and maintaining a sense of community. Jeremiah’s chosen charity is the Gundersen Health System’s Global Partners program!
Andy & Peter Hughes
Peter is retired from the Mayo Clinic and now focuses on volunteering and part time consulting as the Executive-in-Residence at the Dahl School of Business at Viterbo University. Andy currently works for Interact Communications as their Project Manager. He is the front-man and singer-songwriter for the successful band, TUGG, as well as Andy Hughes & the Mighty Few. They have selected the Mental Wellness Initiative at the Boys and Girls Club (BGC) as their charity. Peter is a Rotarian, serves on the BGC Board, and other NFP organizations. Andy was a member of the steering committees for the Fight the Flood concert and Habitat for Humanity’s Raise the Roof Fundraiser Concert. Both serve as volunteer coordinators for the BGC Guitar Academy.
is director of News & Marketing at UW-La Crosse, where he has worked since 1985. His chosen charity is the La Crosse Education Foundation Music Programs. He has been deeply involved in the community, including Oktoberfest, Valley View Rotary Club, English Lutheran Church, JDRF; Boy Scouts; Great Rivers United Way; La Crosse Area Day at Miller Park; Junior Achievement; Habitat for Humanity; and Bethany St. Joseph Corp. In 2015, he was elected to the La Crosse Board of Education and serves on the La Crosse Public Education Foundation. He was 2016 Maple Leaf Parade Marshal.
is currently the Marketing and Communications Manager for the La Crosse Regional Airport as well as an Associate Lecturer at UWL where she teaches Model UN. Miranda currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters, is on the Board of Directors for her Downtown Rotary Club and also on the steering committee of iFeed. She is delighted to be partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters in this year’s Conductor Wannabe.