Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra welcomes new conductor

Dr. Robert Halseth steps to the podium
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The Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra has appointed Dr. Robert Halseth as its new conductor.

Halseth has been a frequent guest conductor for the Winds and served, with William “Bill” Hill, as its co-conductor during the 2010-11 concert season.

Halseth will be on the podium when the Winds perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the Dietrich Theatre at Sierra College, Rocklin.  He has selected a program of music about and from Mexico.

Brian Buckner, a member of the trumpet section and on the SNW board of directors, commented, “It is a joy to play under his direction.”

Halseth is in his 19th year as director of bands at California State University, Sacramento. He has worked as a guest conductor/clinician with hundreds of bands in the United States and abroad since beginning his full-time teaching career in 1966. He earned two music degrees at CSU Fresno and a doctorate in conducting at the University of Northern Colorado. He has taught at Carroll College (Wisconsin) and University of the Paci?c.

While in Wisconsin, Halseth conducted the Waukesha Area Symphonic Band from 1981 to 1986.  He conducted the Stockton Concert Band from 1992 to 1999.

An accomplished bass trombonist, Halseth has played professionally for more than 40 years. In February 2011, to honor his 45 years on the podium, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the California Band Directors Association.

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