HPSD strings program teacher and conductor, Jorge Ivan Gonzalez, has been appointed to conduct the 2017 Mississippi All-State Orchestra. Mr. Gonzalez will be conducting a group of the best young musicians from the state of Mississippi. This is the second time Mr. Gonzalez has conducted the Mississippi All-State Orchestra and this is a special year since it commemorates Mississippi’s Bicentennial celebration. For this reason, Mr. Gonzalez decided to program a piece by Mississippi’s own William Grant Still, who is considered the “Dean of African-American classical composers.” The event will take place on March 24th and 25th, with a final performance on March 25th at Belhaven University in Jackson. Jorge publicity 2016 (2)