- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The Minot Symphony Orchestra is welcoming a new conductor.

Minot State University music division chair Kenneth Bowles says conductor Efrain Amaya is a “consummately well-rounded and seasoned musician.”

Amaya’s work as a conductor ranges from contemporary music ensembles to youth orchestras. He was most recently the founder and conductor of the Pennsylvania-based Point Chamber Orchestra, which he led in concert tour throughout Italy. Previously, he was the resident orchestra conductor at Carnegie Mellon University.

Bowles says Amaya’s “affable personality will open many doors” for students and audiences.

A native of Venezuela, Amaya continued his studies in the U.S. He earned two bachelor’s degrees in composition and piano from Indiana University and a master’s degree in orchestra conducting from Rice University in Houston.

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