What is the Super Conductor contest? It is an annual contest where the community votes on three contestants to raise funding for the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. Each of the three contestants campaigns for your vote to select them as the Super Conductor. You vote by donaiting money as votes for your favorite candidate. The contestant with the most votes wins and conducts a musical selection at the seasons first concert. This year's candidates are: David Baker and Jeff Howe. Each of the candidates has volunteered to help raise funds to enhance the community support for the Longmont Symphony Orchestra. They will hand out ballots, give high spirited campaign speeches at every opportunity. You may also make donations at the Symphony office at 519 Main St. (just north of the Theatre Company in the walk-through between Main and Coffman streets).
Contributions may be sent to:
Longmont Symphony Orchestra PO Box 74 Longmont, CO 80502
Please indicate candidate of choice in memo field.
You may donate online to for your contestant now by clicking on the button below the "Vote for".
Dear Friends of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra:
My favorite toy as a child wasn’t a race car or a football. My favorite was a green Tinkertoy.
My fantasy—I was a strange child—was to conduct a symphony orchestra. And standing in front of my parents’ stereo, records playing, I did. The greatest orchestras in the greatest concert halls. And my baton was a green Tinkertoy.
My musical career, as it turned out, never advanced beyond elementary school piano lessons and The Happy Halibut. But the fantasy never died. The Tinkertoy is long gone but in my mind, whenever the music plays, I’m still conducting.
You have a chance to make my fantasy a reality. Every year, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra holds its Super Conductor competition. It’s a fundraiser, and the rules are simple: the individual who generates the most donations for the Symphony wins. And winning means I’d get to conduct the orchestra at a concert in October. With a real baton. Not with a Tinkertoy.
Support a cultural treasure and make a dream come true—how can you say no?
Although he’s increasingly reluctant to admit it—is a native Texan. Five years ago he traded his flat-lander ways for the far more soul-enriching Rocky Mountains, moving to Longmont to become Pastor at CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church. Preaching wasn’t his first calling. He spent 15 years as a professor of communication at Texas Christian University, University of Missouri-Columbia, and Concordia University before leaving academia for ministry. Ever since he was a boy, though, his dream has been to one day conduct a symphony orchestra, even though is musical abilities go no further than singing along with the CD player. He is married to Terry, an Interior Designer, and has two grown children. He also has two hound dogs who claimed they were high class—but that was just a lie.
Geoff Howe is president of Howe Mortuary-Longmont. He represents the fourth generation to serve Boulder County in their personal owned and operated funeral service and crematory.
Geoff has been with the firm since 1979 and owner since 1986. He graduated from Longmont High School, Texas Lutheran University and Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.
Geoff love for his community has led him to serve in many capacities. He is active in the Twin Peaks Rotary, previously serving has their president. He has served on the YMCA of Longmont, the Longmont Economic Development Partnership, and the St.Vrain Historical Society. He has also served the Colorado Funeral Director Association board and is a past president.
Geoff and Janet continue to live and are active in their community. His son just completed his sophomore year at the Colorado School of Mines. Geoff enjoys following his academics and his golf exploits at Mines, as well.
Outside of work, Geoff enjoys golf, hiking, biking and University of Colorado athletics.
An alumni to LSO Superconductor, he agreed to try and make a difference in the celebration of their 50 years of performance and service to the community of Longmont.