Symphony orchestra director to conduct a younger crowd

Kirk Trevor will be the new music director of the Youth Orchestra.
Sunday, April 29, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:14 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

The director of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra will soon be taking the lead in the orchestra’s youth counterpart.

Maestro Kirk Trevor, currently music director and conductor of the symphony orchestra, also will take over for Carolyn Turner as music director of the Missouri Symphony Society Youth Orchestra on May 1, according to a release from the Missouri Theatre.

In light of the current renovation and expansion of the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, the Missouri Symphony Society Board of Directors went to Trevor to lead the youth orchestra “in order to expand the artistic and educational vision of its programming,” the release said. Board members were unavailable for comment.

Trevor will have the help of the youth orchestra’s arts education director, a full-time position on the Missouri Symphony Society’s staff, to improve the youth orchestra and “develop a stronger classical music presence in the community,” the release said.

The youth orchestra aims to provide a professional training experience for children by involving them in two public performances at the theater as well as opportunities that include individual, small ensemble and large group instruction, according to the Missouri Theatre’s Web site.

Before working with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Trevor taught at the University of Tennessee and Ball State University. Along with 30 years of professional conducting experience, he has also been involved with youth programs such as Thunder Bay Youth Orchestra, Youth Symphony of the Carolinas and the Southern Methodist University Summer Conservatory, according to the release.

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