The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (ASO) appointed Nelio Zamorano as the group’s new conductor this week. Zamorano takes over the conductor’s baton from Dr. Victor Ellsworth, who recently retired after leading the group since 1998.


Zamorano is a violinist originally from Cochabamba, Bolivia, and has played with the Conway Symphony for five years, as well as occasionally with ASO. Over the past 10 years, he has conducted choirs, chamber orchestras and full symphony orchestras. He received his Master of Music degree in Orchestra Conducting at University of Central Arkansas, studying with Israel Getzov. He teaches at The Anthony School in Little Rock, Young Musicians of America in Little Rock, Palmer Music School in Conway and Central Baptist College in Conway. 


“Nelio joins the ASO Community Orchestra at an exciting time as we quickly work toward our fundraising goal to break ground on the new ASO Stella Boyle Smith Music Center,” said CEO Christina Littlejohn. “That will become an inspiring new home for our community musicians to gather, rehearse and perform for family, friends and the public.”


Originally founded at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, the Community Orchestra is now part of the core educational and community outreach mission of ASO. Musicians gather to rehearse once a week, and all experience levels are welcome with no required auditions. The Community Orchestra provides a nurturing environment for amateur musicians to appreciate the joy of making music regardless of experience.   


For more information about the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, call 501-666-1761 or visit the group’s website.


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