Dr. Laurie Williams Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra
Dr. Ross Thomas Ipsen, Interim Conductor Philharmonia
An insightful and engaging conductor and educator, Wisconsin-born Dr. Ross Thomas Ipsen was recently appointed as Interim Conductor for the Youth Orchestras of Lubbock Philharmonia.
Ross also spends much of his time teaching violin and performing as both conductor and violinist in the Lubbock area, Wisconsin, and California.
Ross comes to the Philharmonia from his successful time at Texas Tech University as the Associate Conductor with the University Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the University String Orchestra. Previous appointments as Assistant Conductor include with the Sonoma County Philharmonic, San Francisco Conservatory of Music New Music Ensemble, and the Lawrence University Symphony Orchestra. In recent engagements, Ross has conducted atthe UW Madison Summer Music Camp and the Texas Tech University Band and Orchestras Camp. Ross’s international career began as a selected masterclass participant to conduct the
Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile in Santiago, Chile. He has also been a guest conductor with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, San Francisco School of the Arts Orchestra, and Youth
Orchestra Program at St. Norbert College.
Ross holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts from Texas Tech University in Orchestral Conducting studying with David E. Becker. His Masters Degree is from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music studying conducting with Michael Morgan, Alasdair Neale, and Donato Cabrera. He
graduated from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI, with a Bachelors Degree (Honors) in Violin Performance and Instrumental Music Education.
Kathleen Smith, conductor for the Prelude Strings Orchestra
Kathleen Smith, conductor for the Prelude Strings Orchestra, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in violin from Murray State University where she studied with Christopher Thompson and Eric Williams. Kathleen is a private violin teacher and a certified Suzuki Teacher of Violin
with the STELR Program. She is currently the Director of the STELR Program in Lubbock, TX.
She has served as Coordinator and Violin Instructor for the String Program in the Jasper School District in Jasper, Indiana, and at the String Preparatory Division at Indiana State University in
Terre Haute, Indiana. She was the Co-Conductor/Co- Music Director of the Charleston Youth Orchestra in Charleston, Illinois. Mrs. Smith is a freelance violinist in Texas, as well as performing frequently in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, and Tennessee. She
has performed with the Evansville (IN), Terre Haute (IN), Owensboro (KY), Danville (IL), Windsor (Canada), Flint (MI), Saginaw (MI), Symphonies. Kathleen is married to Christopher M. Smith, Professor of Horn in the School of Music at Texas Tech University. They are parents
of three daughters. Mia, a student at Texas Tech studying Elementary Education, Natalie, a senior violinist at Interlochen Arts Academy High School, and Audrey, a student at Roscoe Wilson and a cellist of the Prelude Strings Orchestra.
Jeremy Isley Youth Orchestra Percussion Specialist
Jeremy Isley has worked in numerous school districts as a music educator. He is an innovator in instrument design, having started his own company in 2006, Isley Percussion, which has provided services for percussionists all over the United States. He also has experience with drum circles and providing community music events in churches, schools, community groups, and professional performance venues.
YOL Administrative Staff:
Youth Orchestras of Lubbock Program Director
The Program Director oversees program coordination of events, communication, and implementation of policies set by the board of directors as communicated to her via the seated boardmembers and committees annually. She has specialized experience in collaborating with organizations who solicit funding via grants and has worked in media/publishing, education, multi-media production, international relations, business management, advertising and marketing fields.
In her work for YOL, she frequently works with organizations that conduct fundraising events and actively participates in the planning and execution of these events. The position requires project management, volunteer management, public relations, marketing & coordination, fundraising, data management, technical/internet maintenance, financial tracking, statistical/user analysis, and knowledge of how to execute communications for large groups.
She is in process of pursuing her graduate degree.