ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Violinist and conductor Jorge Iván González is Assistant Professor of Music (Violin, Viola and Chamber Music) at William Carey University where he serves as the Coordinator of String Activities. Mr. González was the recipient of the “George and Hilda McGee” award, finalist of the “Canadian Music Competition Incorporated”; winner of the 1999 Collegiate Artist Strings State Competition in Mississippi; winner of the 2001 “William T. Gower Concerto Competition” at USM; and awarded 2001 “New Young Artist” of the Victoria Bach Festival. With the Austin,TX based Conspirare Ensemble, Jorge González has toured and recorded a CD, “Threshold of Night”, nominated for two GRAMMY Awards. Mr. Gonzalez has given solo and chamber music performances in Mexico, Canada, Switzerland, Austria and in the U.S. and has had the opportunity to work with great artists such as Jean-Pierre Rampal, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Alexandre Brussilovsky, Sir James Galway, Glenn Dicterow, Placido Domingo, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Midori, Keith Lockhart and Leonard Slatkin. As a conductor, Jorge Ivan Gonzalez is the artistic director and conductor of the Southern Mississippi Youth Orchestra and of the FestivalSouth Academy Symphony Orchestra. He has guest conducted the Meridian Symphony Orchestra, the Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra, the FestivalSouth Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra at the Premier Orchestral Institute and was the conductor of the 2012, 2016 and 2019 Mississippi All-State Orchestra. 

He is also the Concertmaster of the GulfCoast Symphony Orchestra; Assistant-Concertmaster of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra; Personnel Manager and Principal Second Violin of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra; Conductor and supervisor of the HPSD string orchestras; and Artistic Director of the FestivalSouth Orchestral and Chamber Music Academy.

Mr. Gonzalez is on the faculty at Music Mountain's Harlem Quartet Summer Festival in Connecticut and has taught and performed at the Ibague International Music Festival in Colombia and at the Guaranda International Music Festival in Ecuador.

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