Jacksonville Symphony Conductors

Courtney Lewis
Music Director, Conductor, Haskell Endowed Chair

With clear artistic vision, subtle musicality, and innovative programming, Courtney Lewis has established himself as one of his generation’s most talented conductors. The 2016/17 season marks his second as Music Director of the Jacksonville Symphony. Previous appointments have included Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, where he returns on subscription in the 2016/17 season; Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, where he made his subscription debut in the 2011/12 season; and Dudamel Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he debuted in 2011.
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Nathan Aspinall
Associate Conductor

Nathan is currently the Associate Conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony. Recent performances in this position have included Handel’s Messiah, Prokofiev’s Cinderella and a special event concert with organist Cameron Carpenter. During the 2017-18 season, Nathan will lead the Jacksonville Symphony in his second masterworks subscription appearance conducting Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 and Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with Behzod Abduraimov. As a guest conductor, he will return to the Atlanta and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. Nathan studied Orchestral Conducting with Hugh Wolff at New England Conservatory in Boston.
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Deanna Tham
Jacksonville Symphony Assistant Conductor & JSYO Principal Conductor, Winston Family Endowed Chair

Tham is additionally the Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Sinfoneitta. She was previously the Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Tham additionally regularly performs with the Boise Philharmonic and Ballet Idaho. Tham most recently received a Professional Studies Certificate from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Orchestral Conducting studying with Maestro Carl Topilow. While there, she produced, programmed, and directed a revolutionary cross-sensual concert experience with the International Culinary Arts and Sciences Institute combining taste and sound. Tham has been invited as a scholarship participant to the 2015 Conductors Guild Conductor/Composer Training Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, where she worked with renown conductors Marin Alsop and James Ross.
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Michael Krajewski
Principal Pops Conductor, Calvin and Ellen Hudson Charitable Trust Endowed Chair

Known for his entertaining programs and clever humor, Michael Krajewski is “as effective and entertaining a communicator in music as he is in words” according to the Houston Chronicle. Besides his role as Principal Pops Conductor for the Jacksonville Symphony, he is Music Director of The Philly Pops and Principal Pops Conductor of the Houston and Atlanta Symphonies.
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Donald McCullough
Director, Jacksonville Symphony Chorus, Tom Zimmerman Endowed Chair

Hailed by the Washington Post for his "dazzling expertise" on the podium, Donald McCullough is considered one of America's pre-eminent choral conductors. He became the Director of the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus in 2012. In November 2014 he led the Jacksonville Symphony Chorus on its first appearance in Carnegie Hall.
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