Super Conductor Contest

On behalf of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, We’d like to thank our 2020 Super Conductor Candidates, Denise Kloster, Tim O’Neill and Craig Mansanares, for their time and dedication to this year’s Super Conductor contest. Through your combined efforts, the three of you raised $10,439.55 in support of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra!

While all three are considered “winners” in our eyes and will be publicly acknowledged from the stage when we are able to safely return to live performances, the candidate who raised the most money will be conducting the orchestra. This year’s 2020 Super Conductor is……drum roll, please………………Craig Mansanares.


Our 2020 Super Conductor Candidates:

Craig Mansanares

Craig Mansanares, a life-long appreciator of music, has been bringing his somewhat organized waving of arms, weird body gyrations and lack of rhythm to uninterested audiences since he first saw the Darlings on the Andy Griffith Show during his formative years. Although his early formation of the “Rosco’s Moose Mountain Bucket and Pop Bottle Stompers” (Seven Mile Plaza’s Happiest Jug Band) did little to discourage his dream of one day conducting a respectable musical group, the band’s captivating, high-energy performances did transport audiences back in time as ROSCO’S MOOSE MOUNTAIN BUCKET AND POP BOTTLE STOMPERS blended shaky musicianship, perspective creativity and valley tradition with very little talent. Needless to say, large crowds were not the norm…

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Denise Kloster

Denise Kloster is a Longmont, CO native. She grew up five minutes northeast of town in the “country” where she was taught everything there is to know about the highly competitive world of horse showing. From a young age, she learned the importance of hard work and determination because of her involvement with horses. As Denise grew up, she took interest in her school’s extra curriculas; she learned to play the French horn for her school’s band, and played various sports, from volleyball to cheerleading. Denise attended Skyline High School, where she became a varsity cheerleader. Through the cheer team, she made many special connections and learned the value of community, which is still very important to her today…

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Tim O’Neill

Tim O’Neill is Special Counsel with the Longmont law firm of Lyons Gaddis Kahn Hall Jeffers Dworak & Grant PC, which he joined in August 2017. His practice is focused on business, real estate, employment, legal ethics, and government practice. Prior to joining the firm, Tim worked as Assistant Regulation Counsel with the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation, where he investigated and prosecuted attorney discipline cases. Before spending five years with the Office of Attorney Regulation, Tim practiced with a firm in Boulder. A New York native, Tim came to Colorado by way of Wisconsin and Texas in 2003, and moved to Longmont in 2007. A musician in his past, Tim still likes to pick up instruments of all kinds, whenever possible…

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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 kicked-off with the introduction of our candidates at our February 15 concert and end on July 31, 2020.  The candidate who collects the most ‘votes,’ through monetary donations, will be declared the 2020 Super Conductor winner and will conduct the orchestra at one of our next concerts. One dollar equals one vote..

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