Charlene Larsen, president of the North Oregon Coast Symphony (NOCS), and Collin Heade, artistic director and conductor, have announced the selection of Cory Pederson of Astoria as the symphony’s associate conductor.

Pederson is a graduate of Portland State University in music education and is working on his master’s degree in music education. He is the music teacher in the Jewell School District and an instructor at the Astoria Conservatory of Music.

He also conducts the Little Ballet Theatre Orchestra, which annually performs the “Nutcracker” ballet as well as the Columbia River Symphony which he and his wife, Angela Pederson Calvin, co-founded. He has performed on trumpet with the Vancouver Symphony, Idaho-Washington Symphony, the NOCS, North Coast Big Band, North Coast Jazz Band and the North Coast Chamber Players.

The NOCS will open its 2012-2013 Season with the concert, “Overture Oeuvres,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center, 588 16th St. in Astoria, and at 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Tillamook High School Auditorium. The program includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Wagner, von Suppé, Sibelius, and the contemporary composer, Matt Doran of Hazel Dell, Wash., who will attend the performances. 

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