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March 11, 2003
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Bakersfield Symphony Conductor to Teach CSUB Class

John Farrer, music director for the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, will teach Advanced Conducting this spring at California State University, Bakersfield.

Anita Dupratt, chair of CSUB's Performing Arts Department, said Farrer will teach Music 425, which will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays in the spring quarter from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. The spring quarter at CSUB begins April 1.

"We are thrilled that Mr. Farrer will be teaching this class for us," Dupratt said. "This is a unique opportunity for university students and music educators to work with Mr. Farrer." She said those interested in registering for the course who are not already enrolled at CSUB should apply directly to the university for admission.

Farrer has been the music director of the Bakersfield Symphony for 27 years. He is also music director of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra in Roswell, N.M., and the Santa Maria Philharmonic. Farrer is a frequent guest conductor with orchestras in England. As senior guest conductor of the English Sinfonia, he has toured with the orchestra throughout England and northern France. His eight recordings with the London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, and English Sinfonia have received high praise from critics around the world.

He has been associated with the San Francisco Symphony as a cover conductor for the orchestra's subscription concerts. He was a speaker in the San Francisco Symphony's series of Inside Music talks, led the orchestra in Concerts for Kids, and conducted a program at Stern Grove in San Francisco which attracted 20,000 listeners.

Farrer is director of the California Conducting Workshop, a national training program held in Bakersfield. Fourteen conductors from around the world participated in the first workshop in May 2002. Farrer is also a member of the music advisory committee of the Young Musicians Foundation of Los Angeles.

For more information about the class, please call the CSUB Performing Arts Department at (661) 664-3093.