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Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 4:00 am

Lorelei A. Conrad, Lieutenant Commander, USN, Retired, has been named the new musical director and conductor of the Tucson Concert Band, succeeding Herschel Kreloff, who successfully led the organization since 1997. 

Kreloff, who also serves as the Director of the Civic Orchestra of Tucson, received high acclaim for the significant role he played in raising the level of musicianship and performance to a highly professional standard. 

The Tucson Concert Band, established by the late Howard Beaver in 1966, is organized as an Arizona non-profit Corporation. Since its early beginnings, the group has continued to grow and flourish, becoming an integral and important part of the greater Tucson community as one of the city’s finest musical treasures.

Conrad formerly served as the band’s Associate Conductor.

President of the Tucson Concert Band, John Prokop said, “We are excited to have Lorelei as our new Musical Director.  She brings to the position an outstanding musical education and many years of performing experience.  As Associate Director, she earned a high level of respect from band for her enthusiastic rehearsal and conducting style and outstanding selection of music.  She brings a wealth of musical knowledge and understanding and has had a great rapport with our audiences.”

Conrad originally hails from Elburn, Ill., attending Carthage College and Metropolitan State College of Denver where she received her B.A. in trumpet performance.  She studied conducting with Dr. Antonia Brico, becoming the Assistant Conductor of Brico Symphony, the Associate Conductor of the Golden Symphony, and the Assistant Conductor for both the Metropolitan State College Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. 

In 1979, Conrad auditioned for the US Navy Music Program and was assigned to the Naval Academy Band, launching her 24-year career as a Navy Musician. Conrad made naval history in 1991 when she became the first woman in the Navy to receive a commission as a Navy Bandmaster. 

The first opportunity for the general public to hear Lorelei at the helm with the Tucson Concert Band will be on Sunday, March 18 at 3 p.m. in Crowder Hall at the University of Arizona. 

The program is entitled “Midnight in Moscow” and features an exciting program of all Russian music.

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