Assistant Conductor and Community Liaison Andrew Crust

As the new (2016-17) Assistant Conductor and Community Liaison,
ANDREW CRUST fills an important role for the PSO, conducting Youth, Discovery, and Pops Concerts, and serving as Chorus Master for Magic of Christmas. He also serves as a leader for educational outreach into schools and community centers and reaches younger audiences through programs such as Symphony & Spirits.

Mr. Crust is an orchestra and opera conductor most active in the US and Canada. Some of his recent conducting positions include Cover Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Assistant/Cover Conductor of the Boulder Philharmonic, Music Director of the CU-Boulder Campus Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor of Opera McGill. Mr. Crust was selected as one of two Assistant Conductors for the Carnegie Hall Weill Institute’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA for 2017, where he will work primarily with NYO2 and assist the orchestra and Giancarlo Guerrero with a side-by-side performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a final concert at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. Crust has performed as a conductor on three continents. Recent guest engagements include concerts with the Hartford Symphony, l’Orchestre de la Francophonie in Québec, the Boulder Opera Company, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, the Colorado New Music Ensemble, the Pendulum New Music Series, and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, where he led children’s concerts. Abroad, he has led concerts with the Hamburger Symphoniker at the Mendelssohn Festival in Germany, the Moravian Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, the Filharmonia “Mihail Jora” of Bacau, Romania, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile in Santiago.

Mr. Crust has been influenced by a number of teachers and conductors from around the world, most notably Marin Alsop, Alexis Hauser, Gary Lewis, Scott Yoo, Gustav Meier, and Markand Thakar. In 2016 he was selected to audition for Riccardo Muti and Renata Scotto for Muti’s Italian Opera Academy in Ravenna. He completed his doctorate at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2016 with academic emphasis on Brahms performance practice and made a French-to-English translation of Igor Markevitch’s analysis of Beethoven’s symphonies.

Thank you to our Season sponsor the Maine Arts Commission, POPS! Series Sponsor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Official Hotel, Holiday Inn by the Bay, and Education Partner, IDEXX.
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