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Dubuque Symphony Orchestra Announces Appointment of New Concertmaster

Dr. Nash Ryder

The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is pleased to announce the selection of its new Concertmaster, violinist Dr. Nash Ryder. He will join the DSO in its 2024-2025 Season. Yet his first concert appearance as Concertmaster will be at our June 30, 2024, Summer Melodies Concert at the Dubuque Arboretum.  

DSO Music Director and Conductor William Intriligator states, “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Nash Ryder as our new Concertmaster of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. His playing is superb and his leadership is clear, yet he is friendly, unassuming, and easy-going. He will be a perfect fit for this orchestra as well as this community.” 

The decision was made by a panel of judges including Intriligator (Music Director and Conductor), Katie Klocke (Principal 2nd Violin), Christina Mixemong (Principal Viola), Philip Bergman (Principal Violoncello), Stephen Reichelt (Principal Bass), and Timothy Hagen (Principal Flute).

“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra as concertmaster next season,” shares Dr. Ryder.  “Maestro Intriligator and the musicians of the DSO are tremendously inspiring performers, and I am eager to help continue a legacy of artistic excellence in the Dubuque community.” 

Dr. Ryder is a professor of Violin at the University of Northern Iowa and started that position in the Fall of 2023. He earned his B.M. and M.M. in violin performance from the Juilliard School and was the first student in the institution’s history to receive both undergraduate honors and an accelerated graduate degree. He later received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music.

Featured on the highly acclaimed NPR radio show ‘From the Top’ in his youth, Dr. Ryder has since performed in a wide variety of venues internationally and nationally. He has been a featured soloist with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, the New England String Ensemble, White Mountain Bach Festival Orchestra, the Frost Symphony Orchestra, and the Colorado College SMF Orchestra.

Dr. Ryder has shared the stage with artists such as Josh Groban, Linda Eder, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, and Yo-Yo Ma, among others. His audiences have included former President George H.W. Bush, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, and Senator Susan Collins.

Former rotating concertmaster and teaching artist of the New World Symphony, Dr. Ryder has also performed with the Florida Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra Iowa. In addition to his position at UNI, Dr. Ryder is also a faculty member of NEMC at the Snow Pond Center for the Arts and SummerKeys, both in Maine. Dr. Ryder will release an album of French works for unaccompanied violin through the Sheva Collection in 2024.

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