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LONGMONT, CO, FEBRUARY 5, 2020 — The Longmont Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has announced three candidates who will participate in the 2020 Super Conductor Contest, which runs through May 1, 2020. The three candidates are Craig Mansanares , a Longmont police officer; Denise Kloster , a Longmont native and real estate agent; and Tim O'Neill , a Longmont attorney.

The Super Conductor Contest is a fundraiser for the LSO. Each year, candidates from the Longmont area are nominated to compete for the Super Conductor title. This year’s campaign will kick-off with the introduction of the three candidates at the LSO’s February 15 concert at Vance Brand Civic Auditorium and will culminate at the season finale concert on May 9, also at Vance Brand. Both concerts start at 7:30 p.m. The candidate who collects the most ‘votes,’ through monetary donations, will be declared the 2020 Super Conductor winner and will conduct the orchestra on May 9. One dollar equals one vote. Voting ends on Friday, May 1 at 1 p.m. MT.  

To support this fundraiser, donations can be made online at . Donations can also be made by calling the LSO Office at 303-772-5796, or mailing a check (with the candidate’s name identified) to Longmont Symphony Orchestra, Super Conductor Contest, PO Box 74, Longmont, CO 80502. Checks must be received by May 1 at 1 p.m.
Craig Mansanares
Denise Kloster
Tim O'Neill
About Craig Mansanares
Craig Mansanares has been a police officer for the Longmont Police Department for 28 years, 18 years of which he served as the School Resource Officer at Skyline High School. A life-long appreciator of music, he 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 the band blended shaky musicianship, perspective creativity and valley tradition with very little talent.

About Denise Kloster
Denise Kloster is a Longmont native. She has made a successful career as a licensed real estate agent with over 25 years of experience. 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.

About 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. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as Assistant Regulation Counsel with the Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation, where he investigated and prosecuted attorney discipline cases. 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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Founded in 1966, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to enrich, inspire and serve our extended community as a symphony orchestra recognized for its artistic excellence. The LSO presents multiple performances each year for 15,000+ people -- including a six-concert subscription series, a pair of children's concerts for all St. Vrain Valley School District 5th graders, a Family Matinee Concert, three performances of the Nutcracker Ballet, a presentation of Handel’s Messiah, a July 4th concert, and four chamber orchestra concerts at the Longmont Museum -- and has an active education and outreach program. For more information, visit .