Super Conductor Contest


The Super Conductor Contest is one of the symphony’s annual fundraisers.  Each year, candidates from the Longmont area community are nominated to compete for the “Super Conductor” title.  This year’s campaign will kick-off with the introduction of our candidates at our February 23 concert and will culminate at the season finale concert on May 11.  The candidate who collects the most ‘votes,’ through monetary donations, will be declared the 2019 Super Conductor winner and will conduct the orchestra on May 11. One dollar equals one vote.

Our 2019 Super Conductor Candidates:

Scott Cook

I have had a love of music since attending my first symphony concert at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in elementary school. The concert was just for kids, complete with a lady dressed as a clown on stage. She responded to the music in funny ways but also told the audience when to clap and when to remain silent.  I have never forgotten that experience.  My parents, who both worked for United Airlines, gave me a love of travel and I’ve been fortunate to live and travel to many places. I enjoy combining my love of travel with music and have attended symphony orchestra concerts in many cities.  How proud we should be to have our own symphony orchestra right here in Longmont.

Many of you know me as the CEO for the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce. This is a position that I enjoy immensely and am honored to serve in. One of the things I appreciate most about our community is how all the “parts” play so well together- almost like a symphony orchestra!  The business and the arts communities need each other to make Longmont the best that it can be. This is why I am honored to be asked to be a Super Conductor candidate this year.

I have been a very big fan of the orchestra and all that it does for our city. So, I am grateful for this opportunity to help raise money to keep the symphony alive and thriving. To be a conductor for just one piece of music – what magic.

So, please support me in this fundraising campaign on behalf of the LSO – each dollar is a vote. I would be grateful for whatever you could offer.

Read Scott’s bio

Dr. Janelle Laughlin

I hope this letter finds you well. I am reaching out to you today to ask for your support. As an active member of the Longmont community, I have been honored with the opportunity to compete in the Longmont Symphony Orchestra Super Conductor competition.  What does this mean you ask? Well, I will tell you. Three amazing members of the community have been selected to compete to be the guest conductor with the symphony at a concert in May. What I need is your votes through charitable donation.

The Longmont Symphony has a long history of providing accessible symphonic music to the community. Founded in 1966, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is a non-profit community based organization whose mission is to foster and promote the appreciation and understanding of symphonic music through performances and educational programs. My boys, Jackson and Anderson, have both benefitted from programs at the LSO. All fifth graders in the St. Vrain Valley School district get to dress up and attend a special concert just for them. For many students, this may be the first live orchestra concert they have ever experienced. Both Jackson and Anderson are involved in the performing arts with St. Vrain. Jackson is in Concert Choir and Cantore, an all-male choir at Silver Creek High School. Anderson plays the alto sax with his middle school band.

I am so grateful for these amazing programs that enrich my children’s lives. Please help me support my community and the arts.

Read Janelle’s bio

Ruth Waukau

What an honor to be one of the few women to compete for “super conductress” for the Longmont Symphony Orchestra in 2019! We are so fortunate, in our small city, to have a great orchestra, and this is a creative and fun way to raise money for the symphony and for programs for youth and others. For example, recently the organization has expanded the opportunity of people with disabilities and older adults with dementia to enjoy the wonder of music with “The Gentle Nutcracker.”

While I am not a conductor—of anything—I know how to move my arms wildly and take control of other people. I participated in orchestras as a young person, learning to play the piano, the violin, the guitar, and the saxophone, although everyone agreed that I was not gifted. My gift is with theater: directing, acting, and humor. And humor is what I will bring to the LSO as I guide the orchestra through a piece of music. Remember Victor Borge? Picture him in a dress.

I am a bit older than most candidates for this job, but I have begun my training, which includes a rigorous regimen of waving to everyone with a tightly held fist to practice handling the baton, flexing my fingers so they will learn to move, and standing straight and tall for at least 10 minutes each day. I am also watching YouTube videos of famous conductors. I am confident that I will master this, and you will be glad you voted for me.

Read Ruth’s bio

We are proud to announce the winner of the 2019 Super Conductor Contest is Ruth Waukau.  Here is Ruth conducting the orchestra in Les Toreadors from Bizet’s Carmen.  Great job, Ruth!

Sincere thanks to all who participated!