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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.