The Edmond Sun


June 19, 2014

Oklahoma Youth Orchestras announces interim conductor

OKLA. CITY — The Oklahoma Youth Orchestras announced that Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor of Conducting at Oklahoma State University Eric Garcia will act as interim conductor for the organization’s top ensemble, the Oklahoma Youth Orchestra.

Garcia is stepping into the role preceded by John Clinton who retired this year after leading the ensemble for 21 years.

Garcia received a Doctorate of Music and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory from the University of Texas at Austin.

Prior to joining OSU, Garcia served as Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, where he conducted the orchestra in community, education, pops, popular culture, seasonal, and subscription concerts. Most recently, he has served as cover conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Pops concert series.

During his career, Garcia has guest conducted a plethora of music ensembles such as the Octava Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Northwest Boychoir and the Pacific Youth Choir as well as serving as director of orchestral activities and professor of conducting at the University of Evansville in Indiana and serving in leadership positions with the Eastern Music Festival and Aspen Music Festival and School.

As a committed advocate of music education, Garcia has served as guest conductor and clinician for high school orchestras throughout the country and music director of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Garcia has premiered numerous student compositions as an avid conductor of contemporary music working directly with such esteemed composers as John Adams and George Crumb among others.

“The Board of Directors is exceptionally pleased to find someone with Dr. Garcia’s qualifications and background,” said Oklahoma Youth Orchestras Board of Directors President Jerry Messick, “While he certainly has the experience, we were very impressed by his passion for teaching and his excitement to help us with transitioning this very important role.”

The Oklahoma Youth Orchestras continues to call musicians to join the organization for its exciting 2014-15 season. To schedule an audition, email


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