Jaemi Loeb is our
Guest Conductor for Messiah this year
Dr. Jaemi Blair Loeb is currently the Visiting Director of Orchestras and
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Grinnell College. She comes to Iowa
from Kentucky, where she was Director of Instrumental Ensembles and Assistant
Professor of Music at Centre College. During her time in Kentucky, Dr. Loeb
founded the International Conductors Festival - Danville, which brought the
Piccadilly Symphony from Manchester, England, and conductors from around the
country and abroad to the rural town of Danville, Kentucky, for two weeks of
rehearsals, community events, workshops, and performances.
A long-term arts entrepreneur, Dr. Loeb also founded the Houston Heights
Orchestra in 2011, during her time in Houston. This neighborhood orchestra still
presents concerts and music events around the Heights community and is comprised
of music students, community members, and professional players.
Dr. Loeb has held a wide range of conducting positions doing orchestral, wind
band, opera, and choir work. She especially seeks out opportunities to work with
living composers and perform in non-traditional spaces in her life-long quest to
bring great music into the lives of people who might assume the concert hall is
not for them.
A native of Connecticut, Dr. Loeb holds degrees from Brown University (B.A.),
University of North Carolina - Greensboro (M.M.), and the University of Houston
(D.M.A.). Her teachers have included Matthew McGarrell, Robert Gutter, Franz
Anton Krager, and Gunther Schuller.