The Music Director
American conductor Israel Getzov begins his thirteenth season as Music Director of the Conway Symphony Orchestra. He also serves as Music Director of the Little Rock Wind Symphony, and previously held the positions of Associate Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony and Principal Conductor of the Tianjin Philharmonic, the resident orchestra of the Tianjin Grand Theater.
Mr. Getzov has conducted orchestras throughout the United States and abroad, including Abilene Philharmonic, Shanghai Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, Skokie Valley Symphony, Monroe Symphony, Cleveland Pops, Tianjin Symphony, Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, Bolivia Classica, and the Encuentro Jovenes Musicos Festival in La Paz. As an opera conductor, he led the world premiere of The Scarlet Letter by American composer Lori Laitman, conducted works of Giancarlo Menotti at the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and worked as Staff Conductor for Tianjin Grand Opera in productions of La Traviata, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, Bluebeard’s Castle, and Oedipus Rex.
He was selected by Leonard Slatkin to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was chosen by David Zinman for the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Getzov started the violin at age 3, and later studied viola, piano and percussion. He has performed as an orchestral violinist with many renowned conductors including Barenboim, Boulez, Solti, Mehta, Jansons, and Rostropovich. He was a founding member of the Rockefeller String Quartet, a professional quartet with whom he gave over 200 concerts.
An in-demand educator of ensemble techniques, Mr. Getzov holds a tenured professorship at the University of Central Arkansas, and has given clinics at many conservatories in the U.S. and China. An experienced speaker, he was the host of his own weekly radio program on Arkansas KLRE 90.5FM called “Izzy Investigates” and he has also performed live as a chamber musician on WFMT and WBEZ in Chicago.
Principal 2nd Violin
Albert Garcia Delgadillo
Sara Vaca Anaya
Flutes & Piccolos
Sam V. Tuttle
On behalf of the Conway Symphony Orchestra musicians, management and Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you to our 2017-2018 season! We appreciate your interest in our organization.
This is my fifth year serving on the Board and second year as President. As President, I am truly honored to work with the exceptional talent on our Board and you have my commitment to never lose sight of our mission – to provide inspired classical music experiences for the people of Central Arkansas through performances and education.
Please take a moment to review our website to see how our community music program, CSO in the classroom and the CSO Guild are directly benefiting and strengthening this extraordinary community that we are honored to serve through CSO on the Go! Our website also allows you to support our efforts through volunteer programs or donation, including planned giving. Please consider the power and potential of your planned giving and the long lasting impact that your legacy will provide to the work of this incredible organization.
I would appreciate hearing from you and encourage you to reach out to me at email@example.com or speaking with me at one of our upcoming performances. Please never hesitate to reach out to any one of us for any questions or suggestions. We will all be working very hard to make this season one to remember.
Thank you to our season underwriters, concert & program underwriters, patrons and benefactors.
None of what we achieve would be possible without our great audiences. Thank you for being here, and we look forward to sharing many experiences with you throughout this fantastic 33rd season. Please… enjoy the concerts!
CSO Board of Directors
Chris Coffman, President
Inside Sales Director, Insight
Therese Williams, President-Elect
Conway Chamber of Commerce
Carrick Patterson, Treasurer
Kelli Gordon, Past President
Conway Public Schools
Senior VP Lending
First Security Bank
Assistant to the CEO
Retired, Direct Marketing
University of Central Arkansas
Musician / Retired IT
Band Director / Retired
Shane Henry and Assoc.
Director of College Communications
Preston Palmer Studios
St. Francis Veterinary Clinic
Belks Department Store
Qinqing Yang, Student Representative
Paige Rose, ex-officio
Chair, Music Department
University of Central Arkansas
Israel Getzov, ex-officio
Vicki Crockett, ex-officio
Margaret Palmer, ex-officio
Beverley Freiley, ex-officio
Guild Vice President
Vicki Bryan Crockett
Vicki Bryan Crockett has been working in the nonprofit field for 22 years, including positions in higher education, K-12 private schools, healthcare and the performing arts. Her work has included Annual Fund campaigns, alumni relations, communications, special events, marketing and audience development, capital campaigns, donor management and grant-writing. Now in her 11th year as the General Manager of the Conway Symphony Orchestra, Vicki explains that while the conductor handles everything on the stage, she takes care of everything off of it!
Originally from Pennsylvania, Vicki received her degree in linguistics at The College of William and Mary, with additional professional development through the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Central Arkansas, the Arkansas Arts Council, and a multitude of nonprofit workshops.
GUNNAR A. BARTLETT
Associate Conductor and Administrative Intern
Gunnar has worked in arts advocacy and arts management with the Conway Symphony, Reynolds Performance Hall, public education, the UCA Department of Music, the UCA Friends of Music, and many more.
Prior to his post with the CSO, Gunnar worked in the Conway Public School system as a band intern and a long-term orchestra substitute. As a professional musician, he joined the percussion section of the CSO in 2012, becoming Principal Timpanist in 2013. His most notable performance was that of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in 2015. Gunnar is currently completing his Graduate Certificate in Orchestral Conducting under Maestro Israel Getzov and serving in the new role of Associate Conductor.
Gunnar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Central Arkansas.
Associate Conductor and Orchestra Manager
Nelio is studying violin performance with Dr. Linda Hsu, and conducting with Maestro Israel Getzov, both at the University of Central Arkansas.
Nelio has participated in many music festivals in Bolivia and in the USA. He has conducted choirs in Bolivia such as Ensamble Coral Canto Cuore, the UPB Choir and others, and orchestras such as the Chamber Orchestra of Cochabamba, Collegium Musicum and Bolivia Clásica orchestra.