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. Mr. Lewis begins his first full season as music director of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in October 2015. He also concurrently serves as the assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic through the end of the 2015-16 season. Previous appointments have included 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 Aspinall, a native of Brisbane, Australia, has fulfilled his dream of pursuing a career overseas when he was named Assistant Conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony. Previously he held the position of Young Conductor with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. While in that role, Aspinall worked closely with the symphony’s Chief Conductor Joahannes Fritzsh, visiting guest conductors and conducting concerts for the symphony’s education series which provides musical education and introduction to the classics to young musicians and their families.
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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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