Jere Lantz


Photo: Fagan Studios, 2019

Looking back on 40 years at the helm of the Rochester Symphony, Jere Lantz wonders both that it has been so long and that it has been so much fun. Throughout the hundreds of concerts he has led in Rochester, Lantz has shown his acumen for imaginative programming and his ability to deliver dynamic and stirring performances .


In addition to his leadership in Rochester, Maestro Lantz has served in Minnesota as Music Director of the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, Minneapolis Chamber Symphony, Kenwood Chamber Orchestra, St. Cloud Symphony, and Minnetonka Choral Society. He has been interim conductor of the Winona Symphony and Mankato Symphony, Assistant Music Director of the Minnesota Opera, and Founding Music Director of the Minnesota Opera Touring Company. He has guest conducted both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.


In addition to conducting in locales as far-flung as Europe, Asia and Latin America, Lantz has led ensembles from coast to coast, including the symphonies of St. Louis, Rochester (NY), Des Moines, Syracuse, Santa Cruz, Huntsville (AL), Chattanooga, Kansas City, Erie, Indianapolis, Shreveport and Tucson.


Jere Lantz's commitment to telling "the story behind the music" shines through in his program notes for hundreds of programs as well as innumerable appearances both in person and through media. Sought for his understanding of music and its role in today's world, he has served as an advisor to the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Composers Forum, Minnesota Public Radio and the Conductors Guild of the League of American Orchestras.


Whether in Rochester or around the globe, whether conducting orchestra, opera and oratorio, or spreading the word about good music, Jere Lantz has shown dedication and energy that continue to inspire performers and listeners wherever he appears.


Jere Lantz, Artistic Director, announces departure from Rochester Symphony

Jere Lantz has announced his retirement after 42 years with Rochester Symphony. His last concert will be performed in December 2022. Read the full press release here:

Photo by D. Marie Ferguson, DM Creative + Design, 2019