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. 


Gonzalo Farias

Associate Conductor

An engaging orchestral conductor, award-winning pianist, and passionate educator, Gonzalo Farias is the Associate Conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony. In an ever changing world, Gonzalo’s ambition is to establish music-making as a way of rethinking our place in society by cultivating respect, trust, and cooperation among all people in our own community.

Most recently, Farias was chosen to be part of the prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, the most important showcase for conductors in America. Designed by the League of American Orchestras, the National Conductor Preview selects the most promising talents for their podium gift and commitment to the future of American orchestras.

Gonzalo Farias served previously as the Assistant Conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra under JoAnn Falletta’s leadership. The Virginia Gazette noted that “with a lyrical, almost Zen-like quality, the amiable Farias established him as a focused, musical artist who knows what he wants and how to get it -with grace and style and substance.”


Daniel Wiley

Assistant Conductor
JSYO Music Director, Winston Family Endowed Chair

Most recently the Associate Conductor of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra (WSO), Daniel Wiley conducted over 65 concerts a season and led the organization’s three community ensembles (WSJYO, WSYO, and WSCO). Wiley was instrumental in expanding the WSO’s educational footprint by creating a Digital Education Concert Series, which includes 10 hours of interactive music curriculum for schools. Lauded as “an exemplar of impassioned and outstanding pedagogy” (Dr. Ken Montgomery, dean of the faculty education, University of Windsor) this program has served over 122,550 students across Canada and the United States. Wiley was also the conductor for the Windsor Abridged Opera, an education consultant for London Symphonia, and has spent time as a sessional at the University of Windsor’s School of Creative Arts where he conducted their Wind Ensemble. In 2019 Wiley was the second prize recipient of both the Smoky Mountain Conducting Institute and Competition and the Los Angeles Conducting Competition.

Prior to his tenure in Windsor, Wiley served as a cover conductor for the Abilene Philharmonic, music director for the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science Youth Orchestra, and was the assistant conductor for the Meridian Symphony Orchestra. He has also spent time conducting new music ensembles, including the Musicbed Music and Film Corporation based in Fort Worth, Texas.


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.