Welcome Deanna Tham!


Deanna Tham joins the Jacksonville Symphony as new Assistant Conductor and Principal Conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras. Tham has previously served as the music director for the 350-piece Louisville Youth Orchestra as well as the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

Tham joins the Jacksonville Symphony after an international search that attracted over 75 candidates. Finalists of the search made educational presentations and coached a brass quintet composed of young musicians. Tham came out as the unanimous choice of a committee that included Courtney Lewis, symphony music director, Massey, Nathan Aspinall, associate conductor, Kathryn Rudolph, director of education and community development, Tony Nickle, director of artistic operations and the orchestra, counting as one vote.

Courtney Lewis, Jacksonville Symphony Music Director, said of Ms. Tham, “I am delighted to welcome Deanna to the Jacksonville Symphony family. Her experience leading the Louisville Youth Orchestra and working with professional orchestras makes her the perfect fit for our new assistant conductor position. I’m very excited to watch her lead the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras during this time of unprecedented growth, and to work with her as she conducts the Jacksonville Symphony.”

Tham will work with the staff to create and conduct the symphony’s education programs, including Family Concerts, Preludes and Young People’s Concerts. She will conduct the JYSO Philharmonic and Repertory orchestras, as well as actively manage recruitment initiatives, curriculum, orientation, retreats and concerto competitions.

Ms. Tham said of her new opportunity, “I’m beyond excited to come to Jacksonville and work with the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra family. It is one of my greatest joys to help young musicians discover their voices, be in awe of what those voices can create, and take that into the world. It is an honor to come into a community with so much passion for and dedication to developing the creativity and voices of their young people. I am eager to continue that spirit, push boundaries and reach new heights with the incredible potential that the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestras have.”