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: Dale Rademacher, John Creighton and Ellen Ranson. 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.
Dale Rademacher is a native of Longmont and a fourth generation resident of the St. Vrain Valley. He graduated from Longmont High School and received his degree in civil engineering from Colorado State University. Dale has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the Longmont community for the past 29 years working for the City of Longmont. Dale is currently the Director of Public Works and Natural Resources and oversees an annual budget of over $84 million with 230 employees. Having the good fortune to be able to work in, and raise his family in, his home town is truly a blessing.
Dale has a long history of civic contributions locally and internationally including most recently serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley; President of the Mead Rotary Club; President of the Guardian Angels Catholic Church Finance Council; President of Namlo International; and Co-Chair of the Rotary in Nicaragua Task Force in Rotary District 5450. Dale has made several trips to Nicaragua in support of the construction of water and sanitation projects in three small communities in the northern highlands of the country. Dale has also committed many hours of volunteer service to other community organizations including the OUR Center serving lunches, and Longmont Meals on Wheels assisting with their fund raising efforts. Dale firmly believes that it is everyone’s civic responsibility to give back to your community in whatever way you can.
Dale is a strong supporter of the arts in Longmont and appreciates the immense impact a thriving art community has one everyone in our community. From growing up on the family farm east of Longmont, to today, music has and continues to play an important role in he and his family’s lives. Dale continues to live on the family farm where he and his wife Karen are rasing their 4 children Kyle, Jeffery, Gregory, and Katerina. Dale enjoys taking long walks on the farm; water and snow skiing; camping and traveling whenever possible.
John Creighton is president of High Plains Banking Group, Inc. and executive vice president of High Plains Bank. The Creighton family has been part of High Plains Bank since 1920. John recently led the opening of a branch in Longmont.
Previously, John worked as an independent consultant specializing in public opinion research, community engagement and organizational strategy. He worked with a wide range of public-oriented organizations including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Kettering and C.S. Mott Foundations, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
John is a graduate of the University of Kansas and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. John is a 5th generation Jayhawk and anyone who knows John understands that KU is an important part of his life.
Public service is an important part of John’s life. He is a past president of the St. Vrain Rotary Club, has served on numerous community boards and committees and is currently the president of the St. Vrain Valley School Board.
John and Joni came to Longmont in 2001, after living in Washington, DC and Boulder, in search of a community to raise their children. It’s been the best move of their lives. They have three children, Emma (16), Joe (14) and Ada Grace (11). John and Joni have reached that stage in their lives where they have no hobbies of their own, except to follow their children to their next activities.
John’s children have encouraged him to try activities he never thought he would including triathlons, learning languages, raising chickens and helping out with arts & crafts projects.
I was born and raised in western Pennsylvania; immersed in classical music from day one. My father’s family was in show biz in Scotland; immigrated to the US in 1915 aboard the Lusitania, on the last crossing before it was sunk by German U-boats. As a child, I remember my father singing and tap dancing in the kitchen as he often fixed my breakfast. As a teen, I spent four wonderful summers at national Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. I attended Julliard in NYC as a dance major, got married, sang with the Richmond Symphony Chorus, and ran a ballet studio. I taught public school elementary music in southside Virginia, raised four children, have nine grandchildren, two mini-schnauzers and one wonderful, supportive husband whom I met through a newspaper ad 30 years ago. We lived in Gunnison, moved to east Europe after the Berlin Wall came down for a two-year teaching opportunity at the American University in Bulgaria; then settled Longmont, where we opened Ellen’s Bed & Breakfast 20 years ago.
Board member Friends of the Longmont Museum
Board member Visit Longmont
Former Board member Longmont Chamber
(received Ambassador of the Year Award this past year)
Professional actress represented by an agent in Denver
Own “The Silver Circuit” performing live theatre and Broadway tunes for seniors
Volunteer teacher for Intercambio de Communidades
Shoe size 7, weight 133, age – Fifth Amendment
My philosophy is and always has been: kindness, challenges and laughter
As a candidate for Super Conductor of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra,
It’s all about Mi, mi, mi, mi ME; RE, re, re, re, RAISING – Do, do, do, do, DOUGH
for the LSO!!
Seriously, I am delighted to be considered for the position on the podium. I have always been impressed with the fact that this small city out west has its very own, accomplished symphony orchestra. Bravo!