Jacksonville Symphony Conductors


Courtney Lewis

Music Director
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 2021/22 season marks his seventh as music director of the Jacksonville Symphony.

In the 2019/20 season Lewis made his debut with Manchester’s Hallé and the WDR Funkhausorchester in Cologne. During the 2018/19 season he led the Australian Youth Orchestra on tour, the Minnesota Opera in their returning production of Silent Night by composer Kevin Puts, conducted at the Aspen Music Festival and appeared with the San Diego Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic. 

Kevin Fitzgerald

Associate Conductor

In his commitment to uplifting communities through music, Fitzgerald conducted a concert of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in 2017 with musicians from the Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids Symphonies in response to the federal travel ban limiting immigration. Raising over $10,000, the funds were donated to the International Rescue Committee and Freedom House Detroit, organizations which both support refugees.

Fitzgerald received his bachelor’s degrees in Trumpet and Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with James Thompson, Mark Scatterday and Brad Lubman. Under the tutelage of Kenneth Kiesler, he received his master’s degree from the University of Michigan. Since then, he has participated in masterclasses with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, with Andris Nelsons and Alan Gilbert at Tanglewood, and with Matthias Pintscher at the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra.

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. Previously, he was the director of the Master Chorale of Washington in the John F. Kennedy Center Concert Hall for more than a decade, developing a reputation for creating choruses that sang “with an innate sense of lyricism and musical poise” and “sensitive, scrupulous and heartfelt” (Washington Post).

During his tenure with the Master Chorale, the 120-member symphonic chorus performed 16 world premieres, produced three nationally distributed CDs, and toured twice throughout Central Europe. The Chorale earned The Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence in North America.