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OTTUMWA — The Ottumwa Symphony Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Dr. Carey H. Bostian II has accepted the position of music director and conductor for the symphony.  Bostian succeeds Dr. Eric McIntyre, who has announced plans to work abroad during the coming year and reluctantly submitted his resignation as director of the symphony.

Bostian serves as the conductor of the Iowa City Community String Orchestra, and is also principal cellist with Orchestra Iowa.  He previously served as a guest conductor for the Ottumwa Symphony and shares our enthusiasm for an ensemble that reflects the needs of local patrons and musicians.  He will assume responsibility for the symphony’s Winter concert, which features young artists, and the Spring gala concert.

David Sharp, instrumental music professor at Indian Hills Community College, has agreed to direct the symphony’s Fall concert, with an emphasis on light classical, pops and jazz repertoire.  Patrons will remember his work with Dan Knight and the Duke Ellington concert recently, and have also enjoyed his leadership as arranger and conductor for the past several “Music on the Green” concerts.  He holds a Masters of Music degree from the University of Nebraska and is a prolific composer and arranger, specializing in jazz, big band, brass ensemble and studio orchestra music.

Rounding out the concert season, Justin Hill will continue as director of the Symphony Ball.  His skills as an arranger and his gift for creative music selection make him a delightful fit for the orchestra and the Ball.

Everyone is invited to meet Bostian at the annual SIPS fundraiser on Saturday, June 29.  The fundraiser will be held at the Ottumwa Country Club and will feature appetizers, beverage tasting, live and silent auctions, and live bluegrass music by Wood’n String.  The event will run from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., with the live auction taking place around 7:30 p.m.  Tickets and reservations are available at (641) 777-5604 or by emailing

The opening concert for the symphony’s 27th season will be October 19 at Indian Hills Community College, and will showcase the works of Henry Mancini, directed by Sharp.  For further ticket and concert information, or to learn more about the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra, visit the symphony web site,

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