Jasmine Butcher-compThomas Jefferson Independent Day School eighth-grader Jasmine Butcher enjoys singing, ballet, song-writing and playing the violin, guitar and piano.

Soon, she will wield the baton during a performance of “Toreador” from Bizet’s “Carmen” for the Southern Symphony Orchestra at Missouri Southern State University.

That’s because she is the winner of  the Be a Maestro! contest. 

Jasmine is the daughter of Don & Melinda Butcher of Carthage.

The contest, launched in January, put the conductor’s podium up for auction. 

It offered the successful bidder the right to conduct a short piece with the Southern Symphony Orchestra.

The Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. on April 23 at Taylor Performing Arts Center on MSSU campus.  In addition to Ms. Butcher’s appearance, it will feature pianist Petronel Malan, a three-time Grammy Awards nominee. 

The program will include Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for Piano and Orchestra and Schubert’s Symphony No. 1

The performance is open to public and admission is free.

For further information, please contact Dr. Kexi Liu, Director of the Southern Symphony Orchestra, at (417) 625-9681 or email liu-k@mssu.edu