The Devils Lake Community Orchestra board of directors recently announced that Jeremiah Johnson, a standout Devils Lake High School student and musician, will be returning to Devils Lake this fall to conduct the 2012-2013 season of the Devils Lake Community Orchestra. Johnson, a 2005 graduate of DLHS, won recognition and many awards with the Devils Lake Public School String Orchestra during his time in the Devils Lake music program where he played the viola and violin. After graduation, Johnson attended Minot State University (MSU) where he continued to play the viola with the MSU String Ensemble. Equally known for his academic success, Jeremiah was consistently named to the President's List during his time at MSU. Johnson now teaches strings and orchestra in the Grand Forks Public Schools, and is a member of the Grand Forks Symphony. Johnson takes the baton from long-time conductor and founding member Russell Pearson, who is retiring as conductor for the second time. However, Pearson will continue to provide valuable service as a member of the orchestra board. The Devils Lake Community Orchestra has been performing enjoyable and entertaining music for the Lake Region community for over 30 years. Founded by Devils Lake music teachers Russell Pearson and Richard Neukom, the mission of the Devils Lake Community Orchestra is: “To promote and foster orchestral music, and to encourage the participation and education of orchestral players of all ages.” The orchestra is made up of both adults and youth from the Lake Region, who volunteer their time and talents to present two concerts each year. Supported by generous contributions from community members, as well as grants from the Devils Lake Area Foundation and the Arts Council of the Lake Region, the Community Orchestra Association provides instruments, sheet music, and other necessary equipment so the orchestra can continue to be a valuable part of our community, and provide an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to experience some of the world’s great music. Devils Lake Public Schools has been a long-time partner with the Devils Lake Community Orchestra, providing rehearsal and performance space and other services. The Devils Lake Community Orchestra is always looking for new players, and extends an open invitation to all interested community members and students to join the fun. Beginning Oct. 4, there will be 6 rehearsals held in the Devils Lake High School music room from 7:30 - 9 p.m. (four Thursdays and two Mondays), with the final dress rehearsal scheduled for Sat. Nov. 17. The fall concert will be performed for the public on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the community orchestra, or who would like more information, can contact Richard Neukom by phone at 701-662-6204 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.