Conductor Laureate

Allen Carl Larson has been conducting choral and orchestral ensembles for fifty five years. After completing undergraduate and masters degrees at Park College and Indiana University he held numerous choral and orchestral conducting posts. His doctoral conducting degree is from the prestigious Indiana University School of Music where he studied under the mentorship of the renowned German conductor/scholar Dr. Julius Herford. While at I.U. his doctoral fellowship included conducting the Belles of Indiana women’s chorus; the Choral Union; and the Indiana University Chamber Singers.

Among his many directorships since graduate school are twelve years as choir director at Park University in Kansas City; founder/director of Nova Choralis in St. Joseph, Missouri; Associate conductor of the St. Joseph Symphony Orchestra; Music Director of the Northland Symphony, Kansas City, MO; 36 years as music director/conductor of the Webster Symphony Orchestra; four years as director of The St. Louis Chamber Chorus; chorus master for the inaugural season of Opera Theatre of St. Louis; director of numerous musical theatre productions at Webster University; conductor of numerous Opera Studio productions at Webster; guest conductor of the SLSO for the Bi-Centennial celebration at the Arch grounds; nine years as choir director at First Unitarian Church of St. Louis; numerous clinics and symposiums; and Founder/Director of The Sheldon Chorale. After three years as music director of The Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis, Dr. Larson was named Conductor Laureate.

Assistant Conductor

Andrew Peters is director of music at Second Presbyterian Church in St. Louis and was named assistant conductor of The Metropolitan Orchestra of Saint Louis in 2015. At Second Presbyterian he conducts choral and orchestral ensembles, directs the handbell choir, plays organ for services, and is artistic director of the church’s Couts Music Series. As an organist, he performs at venues across the United States and has played with the St. Louis Symphony at their concerts in Powell Hall and Carnegie Hall. Peters holds degrees from St. Olaf College and the Cleveland Institute of Music. In Cleveland he was conductor of the University Singers at Case Western Reserve University.

Through his work with the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra, Peters has conducted works of Elgar, Mozart, Handel, Haydn, Schubert, Vaughan Williams and more. He has studied conducting with Steven Amundson, Dennis Keene, Allen Carl Larson, Timothy Mahr, and Robert Scholz.

Guest Conductors

Season Four - Andrew Peters

Glinka: Russlan and Ludmilla Overture
Handel: Revenge Timotheus Cries from Alexander’s Feast
Mozart: Vedrò mentre io sospiro from Le nozze di Figaro

Season Four - Trent Patterson

Mozart: Ave Verum

Season three - Patrick Jackson

Britten: A Simple Symphony

Season Two - Michael McElvain

Schubert: Symphony No.8, “Unfinished”

Season Two - Alvin McCall

Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits
Rossini: L’inganno felice Overture

Season One - Nancy Summers

Nielsen: Helios Overture
Haydn: Symphony No. 103, “Drumroll”
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, “Italian”