One of Maestro Place’s dreams was to expand the Pops Symphony to include classical, chamber and as part of the organization’s education and outreach, create a community youth orchestra. While everyone struggled in 2020 with the difficulties and devastation of a pandemic, so too were people working hard toward the future. We are proud to announce that Maestro Place is now Executive Director/Conductor of parent organization, the Prescott Symphony Orchestra, and the Prescott Youth Orchestra is coming into being this August, 2021. Look for more new and exciting happenings with the Prescott Symphony Orchestra!
Joseph Place was originally selected as the new Music Director/Conductor for the Prescott Pops Symphony in April, 2015. Joseph follows Paul Manz, Founder and Conductor of the Pops for over 23 years. Paul now holds the title of Conductor Emeritus. A fifth generation Arizona native, Joseph has conducted orchestras and ensembles and played trumpet throughout the Southwest for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Grand Canyon University, with additional study at the University of Redlands, California, where he served as Graduate Assistant. He has served churches as Director of Music in Arizona, California and Texas. He is currently employed as Director of Music, Development and Administration at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Prescott, Arizona and also serves as a conductor, educator, facilitator and clinician for festivals, conferences and master classes in choral and instrumental music. Place is the Resident Conductor for the Chaparral MusicFest in Prescott and a volunteer for Chaparral Arts. He plays trumpet and has freelanced and substituted for orchestras in the Phoenix area, southern California and north Texas.
Joseph is excited to carry the Prescott Pops Symphony’s fantastic history of outstanding performance and emphasis on youth music education into the future. His inspired conducting, passion for orchestral music, and unbounded enthusiasm will make for performances you won’t want to miss!