International Conductors Guild

Board of Directors



 Dr. Anna Binneweg 

  • Music Director/Conductor - Londontowne Symphony Orchestra (MD)
  • Music Director/Conductor of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic
  • Music Director/Conductor of the AACC Symphony Orchestra 

  Anna Binneweg is the Music Director/Conductor of the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra (Annapolis, MD) and a tenured Associate Professor of Music at Anne Arundel Community College (Arnold, MD)where she serves as the Music Director/Conductor of the AACC Symphony Orchestra. She has conducted a variety of orchestral performances in some of the nation’s most reputable concert halls such as the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and Terrace Theater (Washington, DC), the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore, MD), and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA). Dr. Binneweg holds her formal conducting degrees from Southern Methodist University, where she studied with Paul Phillips, and Northwestern University, where she studied with Victor Yampolsky. During her time in Chicago, Binneweg was the Music Director/Conductor of OperaModa—a company committed to producing modern American Opera. She has also served on the conducting faculties at Loyola University (Chicago, IL), the Sherwood Conservatory of Music (Chicago, IL), American University (Washington, DC), and as cover-conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, DC) after her debut in the National Conducting Institute under the mentorship of Leonard Slatkin.​

Binneweg’s international conducting experience includes tours to Austria, Spain and guest conducting appearances with the Chernihiv Philharmonic, Lviv Virtuosi (Ukraine) and the Minsk Conservatory Orchestra (Belarus). Her youth orchestra experience includes appointments with the Houston Youth Symphony (Houston, TX) and the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony (San Luis Obispo, CA). In addition to her guest conducting appearances, she is in frequent demand as an orchestra clinician and adjudicator throughout Maryland and the United States. She has served on the national executive board of directors for the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) and has recently been elected to the board of directors for the International Conductors Guild (ICG).​

Dr. Binneweg is the recipient of the 2015 Annie Award for the Performing Arts awarded by the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County (MD).

Ms. Jessica Bejarano

  • Founder and Music Director of the San Francisco Philharmonic
  • Cover Conductor with San Francisco Symphony
  • Curator and Scholar in Residence with San Francisco Opera

  Jessica Bejarano is the Founder and Music Director of the San     Francisco Philharmonic, Cover Conductor with San Francisco  Symphony, Curator and Scholar in Residence with San Francisco  Opera and serves as board member of the Association of California   Symphony Orchestras (ACSO).

  In 2019 Jessica was featured on NBC’s The Today Show with Natalie Morales as the “Woman Breaking Barriers as a Trailblazing Symphony Conductor.” PBS News Hour Weekend also featured Jessica as an emerging female conductor and KQED named Jessica 1 of 10 artists to watch in KQED Arts’ Bay Brilliant Top 10 Artists of 2018. In 2022, J  Jessica was featured on ABC’s hit show, To Tell the Truth. Lil’ Libros   (book company) is excited to announce that they will publish Jessica’s   first bilingual children’s book and recently, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) named Jessica 1 of 100 Honorees for 2023 for her contribution to the Arts in the Bay Area, San Francisco.

Jessica has guest conducted the Classical Symphony in St. Petersburg Russia; Urbino Summer Orchestra in Urbino, Italy: Philharmonie Orchestra “Mihail Jora”  Bacau, Romania; Ruse National Philharmonic, Ruse, Bulgaria;  Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Republic; Antonio Soler Orquestra, San Lorenzo de Escorial, Spain; Falcon Symphony Orchestra, Falcon, Venezuela and various orchestras throughout the United States. She has also held many conducting positions with various Bay Area orchestras, choirs and youth orchestras. Jessica is a motivational speaker for numerous arts organizations, companies and schools.

In 2022 Jessica and the San Francisco Philharmonic had the extreme honor of partnering up with Remezcla and Tecate unique and ground breaking performance of Urban Latino sounds meets the symphonic orchestral arena for the creation of Tecate Alta performance! That same year, San Francisco Philharmonic and Jessica were invited to perform with American legendary rock band Journey at the Chase Center Plaza in San Francisco for the Winter Wonderland Spectacular and recently a cross over performance with the San Francisco Philharmonic and legendary rapper, Andre Nickatina. Jessica is equally comfortable as a symphonic and opera conductor, pre-concert lecturer and crossing over performances with rock bands and rappers with the orchestral sounds.

In 2019 Jessica was the first woman in history to guest conduct the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles. She was also the featured guest conductor and clinician at the San Diego State University’s Women in Music, Diversity and Leadership Conference. In January 2018, she was one of twelve female conductors selected from around the world to attend and conduct at the International Women’s Conference in New York City. During that same time Jessica was the resident conductor of the University of California Santa Cruz Symphony Orchestra. In 2022, Jessica was the guest conductor of the Kansas All State Orchestra, leading a 200 piece student orchestra through rehearsals and performance.

Jessica received her Master of Arts in Choral and Orchestral Conducting from the University of California Davis; Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Wyoming and Associates of Fine Arts in Music Education from Casper College.

Dr. Carlos B. Brown

  • Assistant Professor, Director of Choral Activities, College of Charleston
  • ICG Conference Chairperson 

Carlos B. Brown, D.M.A., Conductor, Scholar, Lyric Tenor, and Composer, is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he received his musical foundation. After earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Benedict College in South Carolina, he received the Master of Music degree with distinction in Choral Conducting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). While there, he served as the Assistant Conductor for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln University Singers and Varsity Men’s Choruses as he completed his secondary studies in orchestral conducting with a focus on choral master works. Brown went on to earn the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting and Sacred Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

He studied conducting with mentors who developed his depth of interpretation, proper execution of style, clarity of approach, baton technique, score analysis, and technical acuity under such conducting specialists as Dr. Kenneth G. Bodiford, (Jacksonville State University); Dr. Linda L. Kershaw (Benedict College), who mentored with Natalie Hiinderas; Dr. Peter A. Eklund, (Director of Choral Activities, UNL); Dr. Tyler G. White, (Orchestral Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Dr. Earl G. Rivers (Director of Choral Activities University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music); Dr. L. Brett Scott (Associate Director of Choral Activities CCM); Dr. Kevin Holzman (Wind Conducting Professor CCM), and Dr. Aik Khai Pung (Orchestral Conductor Professor (CMM ). He has taken conducting master classes with David Rayl, Jo-Michael Schiebe, Jean-Sebastien Valle, Grammy Award Winning conductor Jason Harris, Professor Andreas Hermann (Hochschule für Musik und Theater München) and Distinguished American composer and conductor Dale Warland. He has also pursued additional score study and conducting performance practices with his mentors Dr. Lloyd B. Mallory, Jr., Dr. David E. Morrow, and Dr. Roger McMurrin.  

Currently, Brown serves as Director of Choral Activities at the College of Charleston.


Dr. Stephen Czarkowski     

  • Music Director and Conductor, Apollo Orchestra
  • Assistant Conductor, York Symphony
  • Music Director, Symphonette at Landon School
  • Music Director, Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra

  •  Maestro Stephen Czarkowski is in his eleventh season as music director and conductor of The Apollo Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of York Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of Opera Camerata. He has guest conducted Prince George’s Philharmonic, Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia, Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Potomac, Washington Sinfonietta,  Honolulu  Symphony and Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Recently he guest conducted the Central PA Symphony Orchestra as a Music Director finalist. Stephen has also guest conducted the National Symphony Orchestra through the National Conducting Institute under Leonard Slatkin. In addition he has worked with  internationally esteemed soloists, including soprano Harolyn Blackwell, harpist Nancy Allen, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, trumpeter Chris Gekker, guitarist Ana Vidovic and cellists Carter Brey, Jerry Grossman and Amit Peled. He is director of strings at Norwood School (sixth year), where his orchestra received a superior rating in festival; music  director and conductor of Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra; music director and conductor of The Symphonette at Landon School. Stephen was a soloist with Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major and performed Bach’s Cello Suites at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, West Virginia. He was a special guest artist at the Library of Congress, the White House and in concerts honoring Pope Francis and President Obama. Stephen is recently featured on Chris Gekker's new CD Trumpet Music of  Robert Levy. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America and Mannes College of Music at The New School. In addition to serving on the Conductors Guild Board of Directors he serves on the New School Alumni Council, Arts Club of Washington Executive Committee and the Paper Bag Mask Foundation Board.


 Dr. Edward Cumming

  • Director of Orchestral Activities at The Hartt School

As a musician, performer, educator and conductor, Edward Cumming has distinguished himself in a career that has taken him all over the world.   For a decade, he was Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, hailed for its remarkable artistic growth during his tenure. His appointment came after a two-year search process involving nearly 300 applicants from around the world.

Before coming to Hartford, Cumming was Resident Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, where he stepped in on short notice to conduct a program of which the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote, “some conductors could not do as well even with months to prepare.” As Resident Conductor of the Florida Orchestra, Cumming conducted a recording of the “Star Spangled Banner” with Whitney Houston and the Florida Orchestra for Super Bowl XXV.

In Europe, Mr. Cumming has led the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada (Spain), the Ceske Budejovice Chamber Philharmonia (Czech Republic), the BBC Ulster Orchestra (Northern Ireland), Belgrade Philharmonic (Serbia) and the Sinfonica di Roma. He has conducted ensembles throughout the United States, including the Los Angeles, Rochester and Buffalo Philharmonic orchestras, the Detroit, San Diego, San Antonio and Oregon Symphony orchestras, and the Boston Pops.  He has been a guest of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the Israel Be’er Sheva Sinfonietta.  Recently, he made his South American debut with the Filarmónica de Bogotá, conducting Schoenberg’s Pelleas und Melisande on short notice.

Artists with whom he has performed include Yo Yo Ma, Elmar Oliveira, Sarah Chang, Joshua Bell, Doc Severinson, James Taylor, Stefan Jackiw and Emmanuel Ax.

Cumming has taught at colleges all over the country, including Yale University, California State University (Fullerton), University of South Florida, and Pacific University.  During his time in Pittsburgh, he was Music Director of the nationally-acclaimed Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, one of only five orchestras invited to the biennial National Youth Orchestra Festival.  He was the founding Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Institute, and has also taught at the Orange County High School for the Arts. Presently, he is Director of Orchestral Activities at The Hartt School.

Mr. Cumming studied at Yale University, where he received a Doctorate in Music. As an undergraduate at the University of California at Berkeley, he was awarded the prestigious Eisner Prize for Creative Achievement in the Arts.  In May 2010, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Trinity College.


 Dr. Thomas Gamboa   

  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Assistant Professor, Conducting

Dr. Thomas Gamboa serves as the Director of University Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Peck School of the Arts. At UW-Milwaukee, Dr. Gamboa oversees all aspects of the band program, guides the graduate wind conducting area, and serves as music director of the New Music Ensemble and the Wind Ensemble, the University’s premier wind band.

Previously, Dr. Gamboa was the Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Wind Studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He served as the music director of the CCM Wind Ensemble, taught undergraduate- and graduate-level conducting courses, supervised music education interns, taught graduate-level wind literature courses, and directed the Doctoral Cognate Program in Wind Conducting. 

Dr. Gamboa is originally from San Diego, California and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and Music Performance in bassoon from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He also earned a Master of Music degree in Conducting from Northwestern University studying with Mallory Thompson, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the University of Michigan studying with Michael Haithcock. 

An accomplished conductor, Gamboa previously held the rank of Captain and served active duty as Conductor and Commander of the United States Air Force Band at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. He later served as Associate Conductor and Flight Commander of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He earned his commission from Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama in February 2011. He traveled with the USAF Band on numerous national and international tours including Spain, Germany, Turkey, Qatar, and Kuwait. In 2011, Gamboa was involved with the planning, execution, and editing of the final television broadcast of the band for their “Holiday Notes from Home 2011” performance, which featured guest artists Little Big Town and Lee Ann Womack. The Band of the Air Force Reserve celebrated a historic second nomination for an Emmy Award in Entertainment Programming for this broadcast. The performance was viewed by 1.1 million in 174 countries. 

Dr. Gamboa’s scholarly and creative activities include peer-reviewed publications in the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Journal, contributed to The Horizon Leans Forward: Stories of Courage, Strength, and Triumph of Underrepresented Communities in the Wind Band Field, presentations throughout the United States and internationally, producing recording albums through Klavier Records, and various guest conducting engagements with honor bands and professional ensembles worldwide including the West Point Band at the U.S. Military Academy. 

A seasoned educator, Gamboa taught and served as the Instrumental Music Director and Music Department Chair at West Adams Preparatory High School in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Central Los Angeles. During his tenure, he founded and conducted the high school’s marching band, wind ensemble, chamber orchestra, and symphonic orchestra. He was also an instructor of conducting and chamber music for the National High School Music Institute where he served as Assistant Conductor for the Wind Ensemble. Dr. Gamboa also served as co-conductor of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble Symphonic Winds and music director of the Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble Chamber Winds. Additionally, Gamboa teaches drum major camps as a Head Instructor with the United Spirit Association during the summer. He currently serves as the Chair of the Conducting Curriculum Team where he designs the conducting program and trains drum major camp instructors. Dr. Gamboa continues to be in demand as a speaker, presenter, and conductor throughout the United States and abroad. 


 Mr. John Gingrich

  • President, John Gingrich Management, Inc.

 JOHN GINGRICH has been active in the not-for-profit and for-profit performing arts world for almost 45 years and was   honored  by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters with the Fan Taylor Award for service to the field in 1992. He   founded John Gingrich Management in 1983 after many years of experience in management, booking and public relations
 with S. Hurok, Sheldon Soffer, and Harold Shaw.   

 Beginning as the first graduate assistant with Penn State’s Artists Series, John moved to New York where he’s served as   president of Concert Artists Guild (CAG), Opera Managers Association, the National Association of Performing Arts  Managers and Agents (NAPAMA), and the Association of American Dance Companies (AADC) – predecessor of Dance USA. He was the first commercial agent to serve on a National Endowment for the Arts review panel (1983 with four more to follow). He also was board secretary for Chamber Music America (CMA) and Dance Perspectives Foundation, while remaining active in a wide range of civic, church and cultural activities. A career highlight was the production of the AIDS Quilt Songbook at Lincoln Center in June 1992.

 Mr. Larry Isaacson 

  • Professor of Trombone, Boston Conservatory at Berklee
  • Conductor, Boston Conservatory’s Dance Orchestra, Repertoire Orchestra and The Spectrum Project
  • Former Music Director, Symphony Nova (Boston, MA)
  • Conductor, Aspen Music Festival and School

 Lawrence Isaacson has had a highly diverse career as a performer, conductor, educator and administrator.       Originally from Long Island, NY, he attended Northwestern University for his Undergraduate degree. 

As a conductor, Mr. Isaacson was Founder, Conductor and Music Director of Boston-based Symphony Nova for  ten years. As the only post-graduate professional training orchestra in New England, their mission was to  "transform aspiring orchestral musicians into successful arts professionals".  Each year, Symphony Nova's ten  fellows attended educational offerings as well as created and performed in numerous concerts. In 2018,  Symphony Nova merged with New England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Department and became EM Nova Fellows, allowing their mission to continue for many years to come. 

 Other conducting opportunities include a 20-year stint as guest conductor at the Aspen (CO) Music Festival,   and he has also guest conducted the Oregon Symphony (OR), Longwood Symphony (MA), Barrington Pops (RI)   and at the Round Top Festival (TX), Performing Arts Institute (PA), Eastern Music Festival (NC) and at the Usdan Center for the Performing and Creative Arts (NY).  As a conductor of younger students, he has  conducted Middle and High school students in all-District orchestras in Massachusetts and New York.  In 2002, Mr. Isaacson conducted the National Symphony during the National Conducting Institute with Leonard Slatkin.

Mr. Isaacson brings to the podium many years of experience as an orchestral musician. A former trombonist, who began his career at the age of 19 performing as an extra with the Chicago Symphony at Carnegie Hall.  He has performed worldwide in concert and on recordings with the Boston Symphony, Boston Pops, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Detroit Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony and the Empire Brass Quintet.

Born into a family of musicians and educators, Mr. Isaacson has taught for over 40 years. His current teaching duties include a faculty position at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he is Professor of Trombone.  He is a former faculty member at Boston University, MIT, New England Conservatory, Tufts University, University of New Hampshire, Mannes College of Music, McMaster University and Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute.

During the 2021-2022 school year, he will be on sabbatical from his position at Boston Conservatory at Berklee doing an Advanced Conducting Intensive exploring many facets of the conducting field, especially orchestra, ballet and pops repertoire and ensembles.


 Dr. Rufus Jones, Jr.

  • Conductor, Florida Youth Orchestra

 Dr. Rufus Jones Jr. began his formal training as an orchestral conductor at the University of Texas at Austin. After   graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music, he continued his formal training as a Clifford D. Clarke   Graduate Fellow at the State University of New York in Binghamton where he received a Master of Music degree in   Instrumental Conducting. Dr. Jones completed his formal training at Texas Tech University where he received a   Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting. 

 Dr. Jones has studied with internationally recognized conductors like Louis Lane, Gustav Meier, Kirk Trevor,   Donald Portnoy, Timothy Perry, Kenneth Kiesler, and Gary Lewis.  

 Dr. Jones has conducted youth, university and professional orchestras throughout this country and abroad. He  has been accepted to prestigious conducting programs like the Tanglewood Music Festival (auditor),  the  Conductors Institute in South Carolina (fellow) and the Leiston Abbey Conducting Masterclass in Suffolk, England   (fellow).  

 His professional career started as Assistant Conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra in 1998, under the  leadership of then music director, Maestro Kirk Trevor. 

As a guest conductor Dr. Jones has appeared with the Utah Symphony, Shreveport Symphony, Siena Chamber Orchestra, Detroit Youth Symphony, Omaha Area Youth Symphony, Binghamton Youth Symphony, and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, to name a few. 

Prior to moving to South Florida, Dr. Jones was Assistant Professor of Music at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He served as Director of Orchestral Activities. He also taught courses in music theory, music history, and conducting.  

His academic research has focused on African American classical musicians. His work has been published in an internationally recognized peer-reviewed journal and encyclopedia. Dr. Jones has written extensively on the music of William Grant Still. In 2009, his three volume edition, The Collected Folk Suites of William Grant Still was published and featured at the Inaugural William Grant Still Tribute Conference in Natchez, Mississippi. The principal string players of the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra premiered the string quartets from his collection.  

His latest project, Dean Dixon: Negro at Home, Maestro Abroad is the first ever full-length biography of one of the greatest American conductors of the twentieth century. It was released on April 16, 2015. Alex Ross, music critic for the New Yorker, selected Dr. Jones’ book as one of “nine notable music books of 2015.” In 2018 his paperback edition was released. Dr. Jones is currently working on his second biography, which will chronicle the life of Joseph Henry Douglass (grandson of Frederick Douglass).  

Dr. Jones is Music Director at Gulliver Preparatory,  Lead Conductor of the Miami Music Project Leaders Orchestra, and conductor with the Florida Youth Orchestra.


 Dr. Cynthia Katsarelis  
  • Music Director and Conductor, Pro Musica Colorado 

CYNTHIA KATSARELIS is Music Director and Conductor of PMC. She has conducted excellent professional, conservatory, youth and training orchestras. As Conducting Assistant with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops, Ms Katsarelis worked with top conductors and guest artists, assisted with recordings for Telarc Records, and worked with James Conlon and the Cincinnati May Festival. Her professional activities include conducting the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the symphonies of Knoxville, Kansas City, Spokane, Flint, Georgetown and the Columbus Women’s Orchestra. She made her international debut leading the Bourgas Philharmonic in Bourgas, Bulgaria. Ms. Katsarelis has served as music director of the Seven Hills Sinfonietta, Antioch Chamber Orchestra, Northern Kentucky Chamber Players, Dearborn Summer Music Festival and Hillman Opera. Critical reviews have praised her work as “a model of precision and spirit.” 

A pioneer for professional women conductors, Ms. Katsarelis served as Associate Conductor with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (North Carolina) and Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra. There, she was a dynamic force for education, creating and conducting dynamic Young Peoples' Concerts, as well as implementing innovative musical programs for economically challenged children, public school students, and gifted young musicians. Ms. Katsarelis charmed audiences in her appearances leading the Greensboro Symphony Pops and the Greensboro Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker and their parody “the Cracked Nut.” 

In Colorado, Ms. Katsarelis has guest conducted the Colorado Music Festival in their Young Peoples’ Concerts at Chautauqua in 2012, 2013, and 2014. In 2007, she assisted Michael Christie and the CMF orchestra by conducting the offstage brass in Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, the Resurrection. For three summers, she conducted the Young Artist Seminar at Rocky Ridge Music Center. Working with the Loveland Opera Theatre, Ms. Katsarelis led performances of Hansel and Gretel, HMS Pinafore, and La Boheme. She has conducted the Longmont Ballet in the Nutcracker with the professional Longmont Ballet Chamber Orchestra. 

Ms. Katsarelis’ commitment to working with young musicians has taken her to Haiti since the fall of 2004 to guest conduct the Orchestre Philharmonique Sainte Trinité, Les Petits Chanteurs, and teach at the Holy Trinity School of Music in Port-au-Prince. 

Ms. Katsarelis studied Violin and Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University, earning her Bachelors and Masters of Music degrees. She was the first undergraduate ever admitted to the conducting program. At the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, she pursued doctoral studies in Orchestral and Opera Conducting. There she served as assistant conductor for both conservatory orchestras and the Opera Theater. She has studied at the Oregon Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling and also participated in master classes led by Neema Jarvi, Michael Tilson Thomas, Kenneth Kiesler, Yoel Levi and Marin Alsop. She began her professional career at the age of 18 as a section violinist in the Florida Orchestra.


 Dr. John Koshak

  • Professor and Conductor Emeritus, Chapman University

 JOHN KOSHAK is Conductor and Professor Emeritus, Chapman University, and Music Director and Conductor Emeritus and holder of the Ambassador and Mrs. George L. Argyros Music Director's Chair of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra. His   leadership of the OCYSO established the orchestra as one of the prominent youth orchestras in the United States and has brought   national attention to the arts in Orange County. He recently completed his thirty-two year tenure at Chapman University where he   served as Director of Orchestras and Instrumental Music. At the university Professor Koshak was responsible for building Chapman's   nationally prominent orchestra program and one of the nation's leading undergraduate conductor training programs in orchestral conducting.

To honor his achievements and contributions, Chapman University recognized John Koshak as Conductor and Professor Emeritus and established the John Koshak Visiting Professorship. The university also established the John Koshak Practice Studio in Oliphant Hall, the newest music building on the Chapman University campus.

Critics both at home and abroad have enthusiastically reviewed Maestro Koshak. A Los Angeles Times reviewer wrote: "Carefully regulating each crescendo, Koshak made every climax powerful, dramatic and exhilarating without exhausting his resources at the first fortissimo." In Germany, the Rhein Zeitung reviewer wrote: "both the overall harmonic picture and the artistic discipline can be attributed to the conductor, John Koshak." Of the Brahms Symphony No. 1, the critic described Koshak as a "true Salzburgian." While in Australia, the Sydney Herald music critic wrote: "John Koshak presided over first rate string sounds in the Barber Adagio, and in a Gabrielli Canzona made the brass ring out triumphantly, while Bernstein's Candide Overture hustled along with irresistible panache." About Maestro Koshak's Celebration/Finale Concert with the OCYSO, Timothy Mangan, from the Orange County Register, wrote, "A medley from West Side Story, followed, the orchestra showing a fine sense of its brash and sentimental style, and judging the instrumental balances well, Koshak led them in precise but expressive motions, giving them just what they needed for accuracy's sake without fuss, but also gently shaping the musical flow."

Koshak has conducted orchestras in Australia, China and Europe, and has conducted honor, festival and all-state orchestras in California, Nevada, Montana, Washington, and New York. He has served as artist-in-residence and guest conductor at the Sydney (Australia) Conservatorium of Music and was twice invited as guest conductor of the Pan Pacific Music Festival in Australia.  Maestro Koshak has toured extensively with his orchestras, including performances in Europe, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and New York. He has conducted in some of the world's greatest concert halls, including the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria, the Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria, the Sydney Opera House, Australia, and New York's prestigious Carnegie Hall.

Prior to his appointment to the faculty of Chapman University, he was a public school music educator and conductor in New York, Germany, New Jersey, and California. In Orange County, California, Professor Koshak was recognized for his work in music education when he received the Irene Schoepfle Award for distinguished contributions to Orange County music and by the Philharmonic Society of Orange County which presented him with their Golden Lyre Award for his work with their music education programs and for his artistic leadership of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra. Arts Orange County recognized him and the OCYSO with the Arts Educator of the Year Award. With the OCYSO Maestro Koshak has conducted youth concerts in Orange County for over a half million Orange County students.

While conducting and teaching in Europe, Professor Koshak received recognition by the United States Government, which granted him the Superior Performance Award for his work in Germany. He and his orchestras have twice received the ASCAP Award from the American Symphony Orchestra League for the performance of American music. At Chapman University, Professor Koshak received the Faculty of the Year Award from the Chapman Alumni Association for his outstanding teaching and conducting. Arts Orange County recognized his music and arts leadership by giving him their prestigious Artistic Visionary Award for lifetime achievement in the arts. He is the author of the conducting book, The Conductor's Role: Preparation for Individual Study, Rehearsal and Performance that is now in its 5th edition.

Professor Koshak received his Bachelor of Music degree from The Pennsylvania State University, his Master's degree from Columbia University, and his Conducting Diploma from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He serves as Chair of the Mentoring Committee of the International Conductors Guild.


 Dr. Wilbur Lin
  • Music Director, The Missouri Symphony
  • Music Director, Denver Young Artists Orchestra
  • Associate Conductor, Colorado Symphony Orchestra

 With “engaging the widest possible audience” as one of his main missions, Wilbur Lin aims to   build a listening community one (small) town at a time.

 Known for his creative programming and inviting stage presence, Wilbur Lin’s career has taken   him to symphony halls and opera theaters across the United States, Europe, Latin America, and   Taiwan. Currently the Music Director of the Missouri Symphony, Lin was also recently promoted   to associate conductor of the Colorado Symphony.

  Lin’s 2022/23 season saw his debuts with the Rochester Philharmonic, Oak Ridge, Ann Arbor,   and Elgin symphonies, and a return to Indiana’s Richmond Symphony. His other recent   highlights include his debut with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, opening its 2021/22 season, a   new studio recording with pianist Eric Zuber and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and   conducting and covering the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops where he   recently finished his tenure as assistant conductor (2019-2022).

  In addition to his positions with the Colorado, Cincinnati, and Missouri symphonies, in recent   years, Lin has conducted the Chamber Philharmonic Taipei, Manchester Camerata, Orquesta   Sinfónica Juvenil (El Salvador), Taipei Philharmonic, Taipei Symphony, Liverpool Mozart, Academy Orchestra of Taiwan Symphony, Richmond Symphony (IN), and LaPorte Symphony orchestras. As a cover conductor, Lin has worked with, notably, the Taiwan Symphony, Cincinnati Ballet, and Minnesota orchestras. In his role as the assistant conductor of the Colorado Symphony, Lin also serves as the Music Director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra.

A graduate of Riccardo Muti's Italian Opera Academy, Lin’s operatic endeavors include conducting Verdi’s Macbeth at Teatro Alighieri (Ravenna, Italy), Le nozze di Figaro at the Missouri Theatre with the Missouri Symphony, Die Zauberflöte and Barber of Seville with the Winter Harbor Music Festival (Winter Harbor, Maine), Menotti’s The Medium and Amelia Goes to the Ball as the conductor of Northern Illinois University, and has coached and performed as a pianist with the Indianapolis Opera, Indiana University Opera Theater, Reimagining Opera for Kids, and the Cincinnati Ballet. In 2022, Lin led a new workshop of Robeson by Scott Davenport Richards at the Cincinnati Opera.

Lin held the position of Taiwan Symphony Orchestra International Talent Fellow (2019-2021), Weiwuyin Opera (Taiwan) Conducting Fellow (2019-2020), Lord Rhodes Scholar (2013-2014), was a two-time recipient of Mortimer Furber Prize for Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), and holds a doctoral degree in orchestral conducting from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Lin has studied with Arthur Fagen and David Effron at Jacobs, Clark Rundell and Mark Heron at the RNCM, and Apo Hsu at the National Taiwan Normal University. He has also received conducting coaching with, notably, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Riccardo Muti, Sir Mark Elder, Helmuth Rilling, and has assisted Louis Langrée, James Gaffigan, and John Morris Russell, among others.


 Dr. Everett McCorvey

  • Founder and Music Director, American Spiritual Ensemble
  • Professor Opera Studies, University of Kentucky
  • Artistic Director, National Chorale and Orchestra, Lincoln Center

Maestro Everett McCorvey is in his 6th Season as the Artistic Director of the National Chorale and Orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York City.  The National Chorale, in its 52nd Season, is known for concerts featuring the major titans of the choral repertory as well as New York’s popular Messiah Sing-In at Lincoln Center which just celebrated 52 years. Maestro McCorvey is also the Founder and Music Director of the American Spiritual Ensemble celebrating 25 years of touring throughout the world celebrating the American Negro Spiritual.   

Recent performances of Maestro McCorvey include conducting the North Czech Philharmonic in a New Year’s Eve concert of the Dvorak “New World” Symphony in Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic. And the Taormina Music Festival Orchestra in a concert of Opera Scenes in Taormina, Italy. 

Future conducting stents will include conducting the Euro Sinfonietta Vienna Orchestra in a concert of the Beethoven 1st Symphony at Haydn Hall in Vienna in August of 2020 and conducting the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic at the famed Musikverin in Vienna in November of 2020.  

A Scholar, Educator and Impresario, Maestro McCorvey is also a Music Professor at the University of Kentucky where he holds an Endowed Chair in Opera Studies and is Director of the University of Kentucky Opera Program, a program that is recognized by the Richard Tucker Foundation as one of the top 20 Recommended Opera Training Programs in the country. Maestro McCorvey was recently chosen as the 2020 recipient for the Southeastern Athletic Conference Faculty Achievement Award for the University of Kentucky and was the 2018 recipient of the University of Kentucky Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement Award, one of the highest awards presented by the University. The award promotes education and creative thought.

National PBS stations are currently running two concerts produced by Maestro McCorvey throughout the country during the 2019-2020 season.  One featuring the American Spiritual Ensemble and a PBS special featuring another one of Maestro McCorvey’s creations, a Broadway Salute entitled “It’s a Grand Night for Singing!” 

In September of 2010, Dr. McCorvey served as the Executive Producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Alltech 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, Kentucky. The Opening Ceremony was broadcasted on NBC Sports and was viewed by over 500 million people worldwide. The Alltech 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games was the largest equestrian event to ever be held in the United States.  


 Dr. Jon C. Mitchell


  • Conductor and Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Conductor, Boston Neo-politan Chamber Orchestra  

Jon Ceander Mitchell holds the title Professor Emeritus of Music at University of Massachusetts Boston, where he served as Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra and Coordinator of Music Education for nearly a quarter of a century.  A well-known clinician on Gustav Holst, Ludwig van Beethoven and Anton Rubinstein, he has over one hundred publications, including seven books of which he is sole author and another where he is co-author.  He has guest conducted throughout Europe and the United States and has recorded ten CDs with professional orchestras.  Among these are the Anton Rubinstein piano concertos with pianist Grigorios Zamparas, the first pianist/conductor team to record all five, and his recording of his own realization of the orchestral score to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in E flat, WoO4.   

He was editor of the CODA (College Orchestra Directors Association) Journal for over a decade and is the 2019 recipient of the CODA Lifetime Achievement Award.  He also serves on the boards of IGEB (International Society for the promotion and Investigation of Wind Music) and the International Conductors Guild.   

His hobbies include composing, arranging and writing.  Now You Can Take Off Your Clothes: Vignettes of an American Conductor Lost in Translation (Whitman, MA: Riverhaven Press) his latest book, along with his burgeoning coaster collection, is the result of over fifty trips to Europe.  He and his wife Ester live in the Greater Boston metropolitan area. 


 Dr. Ian Passmore

  • Former Associate Conductor, Omaha Symphony

With adventurous musicality and an infectious stage presence, Ian Passmore leads a rich career as an orchestra conductor and pedagogue. Hailed as “a rising young conductor” with “a palpable enjoyment of the music’s dramatic ebb and flow,” his “powerful” interpretations of the standard repertoire harken back to a bygone generation of conductors.  

Following two seasons as the Omaha Symphony’s Assistant Conductor, the orchestra named Ian their Associate Conductor in 2019—a position never before created in its nearly 100 year history. He made his Masterworks debut with the Omaha Symphony in February 2020 in a program featuring the works of Bernstein, Bruch, and Brahms. Ian maintains an active guest conducting schedule; his previous engagements include the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and a residency at the Vietnam National Academy of Music in Hanoi. In the 2015-16 season, he was honored as the Schmidt Conducting Fellow by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Ian holds degrees from Indiana University, the University of Delaware, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with additional studies at UNC Chapel Hill. He is a member of the League of American Orchestras, the International Conductors Guild Board of Directors, and the honors music society Pi Kappa Lambda. 

Ian is now based in North Carolina with his fiancée Dianna Fiore and their two dachshunds, Beethoven and Charlie. When not on the podium, Ian can be found enjoying local restaurants and craft beer, cooking, traveling, road biking, and CrossFit. Learn more at


Dr. Daniel Perttu  

      Professor of Music Theory and Composition, Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA

 Dr. Daniel Perttu works as a Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA where took his turn   as the Chair of the School of Music from July, 2014, through June, 2022.  Although getting performances of new music by orchestras is   challenging for living composers, his music has been performed by many professional orchestras on three continents. In addition, his   chamber music has been performed on four continents and in over 40 of the United States.  His international credits include performances   by the Niš Symphony Orchestra and Subotica Philharmonic (Serbia), the Falcón Symphony Orchestra (Venezuela), and recordings by the London Symphony Orchestra and the Moravian Philharmonic (Czech Republic). In the states, his recent orchestral credits include the Springfield Symphony (Ohio), Wheeling Symphony (WV), Butler Philharmonic (Ohio), Sierra Vista Symphony (Arizona),  Ohio Valley Symphony (Ohio), Flagstaff Symphony (Arizona), Canton Symphony Orchestra (Ohio), Greenville Symphony (PA), Muscatine Symphony (Iowa), Perrysburg Symphony (Ohio), Space Coast Symphony Orchestra (Florida), Firelands Symphony (Ohio), Fox Valley Symphony (Wisconsin), Acadiana Symphony (Louisiana), Oklahoma Composers' Orchestra, Greenville Symphony (Pennsylvania), Orchestra Omaha, and Lakeland Civic Orchestra (Ohio). Performances slated for 2023-24 include the Butler County Symphony (PA), Rapides Symphony (LA), Grand Junction Symphony (CO), Perrysburg Symphony (Ohio), Eastern Connecticut Symphony, Butler Philharmonic, and Western Piedmont Symphony (NC). 

Performances of his music have also occurred in arts festivals, new music festivals and concerts, solo recitals at the international, national, and regional levels, Society of Composers conferences, and College Music Society conferences.  Dr. Perttu's music can be found on the Navona records label, in which his music has appeared on five albums.  Besides his CD releases, Dr. Perttu’s music has been published by Editions Musica Ferrum (Athens, Greece), BRS Music, Inc., as well as Dorn Publications.  Dr. Perttu has also received various commissions and awards from throughout the country. He completed his doctorate at The Ohio State University, master's degrees at Kent State University, and bachelor's degree at Williams College, graduating magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  


 Mr. Charles Prince      

  • Music Director, Plainfield Symphony Orchestra

American conductor, Charles Prince, studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He attended the Boston Symphony Orchestra's annual Tanglewood Music Festival in 1988 and 1989, taking master classes with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier, and Kurt Sanderling. Other important teachers who got him started included Robert Page (Cleveland Orchestra) and Jorma Panula (Helsinki), one of the foremost conducting teachers in Europe.

Today Charles Prince is a regular guest conductor of orchestras such as the Oregon Sympony Orchestra, the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Kuopi Symphony in Finland, as well as the Canadian Brass with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra.

He was the musical director of the Bernstein Gala in PA Majestic Theatre, presented by Jamie Bernstein, and the Tony-Award production of James Joyce and Shaun Daveys' “The Dead” on Broadway, in Los Angeles and Washington. From 1996 to 2003, Charles Prince was Associate Conductor of the New York Pops. In this position, he brought several world-premiers of contemporary american composers to the stage of New York's Carnegie Hall. In Moscow, he conducted the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, playing Jan Sibelius' Symphony No. 4, Richard Strauss's “Till Eulenspiegel” and Claude Debussy's “La Mer.” Because of his european ancestry, Prince harbors a preference for Viennese classical music as well as the Viennese operetta. Thus, he returned often to Europe where he conducted the WDR Orchestra (Cologne and Essen, Germany), the Munich “Rundfunkorchester” and “Symphoniker,” the Philharmonic Orchestra of Sofia (Bulgaria), the Festival Orchestra in Verbier (Switzerland), and the Kärtner Symphonieorchestrer (Carinthia, Austria).

In tribute to his father, Broadway director Hal Prince, Charles conducted “A Gala Concert for Hal Prince” with the Munich Radio Orchestra and an international ensemble of singers at the Munich Philharmonic in Gasteig, which was broadcast live over Bavarian radio and television, as well as recorded for a double-CD by First Night Records, London.

Charles Prince was music director of Wiener Operettensommer in Vienna, Austria, and is the music director of the Plainfield Symphony Orchestra in Plainfield, New Jersey.


 Mr. Lucas Richman   

  • Music Director, Bangor Symphony Orchestra 

GRAMMY award-winning conductor Lucas Richman has served as Music Director for the Bangor Symphony Orchestra since 2010 and held the position as Music Director for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 2003-2015. Over the course of nearly four decades on the podium, he has garnered an international reputation for his graceful musical leadership in a diverse field of media. In concert halls, orchestral pits and recording studios around the world, Richman earns rave reviews for his artful collaborations with artists in both the classical and commercial music arenas. 

He has appeared as guest conductor with numerous orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic, the SWR Radio Orchestra of Kaiserslautern, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the Zhejiang Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and the Zagreb Philharmonic. Guest conducting highlights for the 2018-19 season include programs with the Nashville Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the Stamford Symphony, the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Camerata Orchestra Jerusalem, as well as summer festival performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

In recent years, he has led performances with notable soloists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Garrick Ohlsson, Lang Lang, Midori, Gil Shaham, Emanuel Ax, Yefim Bronfman, Frank Peter Zimmerman, Mark O’Connor, Andre Watts, Frederica von Stade and Radu Lupu.  Mr. Richman has also conducted for a panoply of commercial artists that includes James Taylor, Michael Jackson, Pat Boone, Michael Feinstein, Gloria Estefan, Megan Hilty, Matthew Morrison, George Benson, Robert Goulet, Anne Murray, the Smothers Brothers, Martin Short, Tony Randall, Victor Borge and Brian Wilson. 

Mr. Richman’s numerous collaborations with film composers as their conductor has yielded recorded scores for such films as the Academy Award-nominated The Village (with violinist, Hilary Hahn), As Good As It GetsFace/OffSe7enBreakdownThe Manchurian CandidateKit Kittredge: An American Girl and Flatliners; in 2010, John Williams invited him to lead the three-month national summer tour of Star Wars in Concert. Recent recordings he has led from the podium include Symphony of Hope: The Haiti Project (a project from within the film music community that has generated over $200K in donations), Noel Paul Stookey’s recent solo release One & Many, and Marvin Hamlisch’s final score, written for the Emmy Award-winning HBO movie, Behind the Candelabra

Also an accomplished composer, Mr. Richman has had his music performed by over two hundred orchestras across the United States including the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Pops and the symphonies of Detroit, Atlanta, New Jersey and Houston. He has fulfilled commissions for numerous organizations including the Pittsburgh Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Bangor Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, the Debussy Trio, the Seattle Chamber Music Society and the Organ Artists Series of Pittsburgh. His “Symphony: This Will Be Our Reply” was premiered to critical acclaim by a consortium of orchestras in 2019, including the Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra (TN), the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra (MN) and the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (CA). Upcoming commissions include The Warming Sea for the Maine Science Festival/Bangor Symphony Orchestra (prem. 3/22/20) and Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra for the Atlanta Musicians Orchestra (prem. 10/16/20). 

September, 2015, brought the vaunted Albany Records release of a new CD, IN TRUTH Lucas Richman, which features the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performing his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra: In Truth (Jeffrey Biegel, piano), in addition to his Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra: The Clearing (Cynthia Koledo DeAlmeida, oboe) and Three Pieces for Cello and Orchestra (Inbal Segev, cello). In November, 2009, as the result of an NEA commission, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra premiered his Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, a setting of poetry by Children’s Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky, which Jahja Ling and the SDSO recorded for release in December, 2011. 

Recordings of Richman’s music also include those featuring Giora Feidman (Variations for Clarinet and Cello), the Tiroler Kammerorchester InnStrumenti of Innsbruck (The Seven Circles of Life) and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony (Day is Done), the latter of which is an album of original and traditional lullabies composed and arranged by Mr. Richman as an aid for parents wishing to introduce their children to the joys of music.  The CD, a companion children’s book and a listing of Mr. Richman’s compositions can be found through LeDor Group, Inc. at More recent commissions have been released on recordings by the Debussy Trio and cellist D. Scot Williams. 

Mr. Richman is a respected leader in the field of planning and conducting concerts for young people and his works written specifically for children have been featured in young people’s concerts presented by numerous orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the San Antonio Symphony. Taking children’s concert programming and musical education to new heights for the next generation, Mr. Richman is responsible for the creation of an animated guide to classical music, which is featured in full symphonic concerts. The character, Picardy Penguin®, has appeared with orchestras throughout the United States, including the symphonies of Knoxville, Bangor, Syracuse and Rochester. 

Mr. Richman earned a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Southern California as a student of Daniel Lewis after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in violin performance. He studied conducting privately with Fritz Zweig and Victor Yampolsky, and was also selected as a conducting fellow in master classes with Pierre Boulez, André Previn, Herbert Blomstedt and Kurt Sanderling. In 1988, he was one of four international conductors honored by Leonard Bernstein to share the maestro’s podium for concerts with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchestra presented in London, Moscow and selected cities in Germany.  Mr. Richman went on to serve as the Assistant Conductor for the Pacific Symphony Orchestra from 1988-1991, and then served as Assistant and Resident Conductor for Mariss Jansons and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra between 1998-2004. 

Mr. Richman gives back regularly to the community and future generations of musicians through his teaching, board leadership and his work in partnering musical ensembles with health care facilities in order to extend the healing power of music. Mr. Richman has served on the faculty of the UCLA Music and Theatre Departments, Stephen Wise Music Academy, Brandeis-Bardin Institute, American Center for Music Theatre and Pittsburgh’s City Music Center among others. Mr. Richman co-founded the BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) Conducting for the Film Composer Workshop, which he has led annually since 1997, teaching conducting to over 170 of the leading film and television composers of this generation. Since 2000, he has been an integral faculty member and co-founder of “Notes from the Heart,” an annual music camp produced by the Woodlands Foundation for young people with medical disabilities, completing a one-act musical in collaboration with Sara Pyszka, “One Single Voice,” which serves to educate members of the able-bodied community how to better interact with members of the disabled community. In 2002, Pittsburgh’s Race for the Cure commissioned him to write We Share a Bond, a song which was subsequently recorded by the Knoxville Symphony and, to this day, continues to raise money for breast cancer awareness. He has also served on the board of numerous community organizations, including the Joy of Music School, The Conductors Guild, Young Musicians Foundation and the Knoxville Arts and Culture Alliance. 

As founders of a nationally-respected Music and Wellness program, Mr. Richman and the Knoxville Symphony were the recipients of the 2006 Bank of America Award for Excellence in Orchestra Education, as well as a multi-year grant from the Getty Foundation. In 2007, BMI presented him with their Classic Contribution Award at the annual BMI Film and Television Awards Gala.  He was also named Composer of the Year by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association in 2005. Mr. Richman received a GRAMMY Award (2011) in the category of Best Classical Crossover Album for having conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Christopher Tin’s classical/world fusion album, Calling All Dawns. 


 Dr. Robert Whalen

  • Lecturer of Music and Conducting at Rensselaer

  • Music Director, SoundLAB Contemporary Ensemble, guest ensemble at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Barnes/Stokowski Festival Conductor 

Conductor Robert Whalen serves on the Conducting Staff at Opera Philadelphia, and will prepare productions of The Love for Three Oranges, Semele, Madama Butterfly, and Verdi’s Requiem in the 2019-2020 Season. Robert is Music Director of SoundLAB, a cutting-edge contemporary ensemble in Philadelphia. SoundLAB was the resident ensemble at the Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2018 Barnes/Stokowski Festival, and was born out of the Barnes Ensemble, a creative laboratory for contemporary music at the Barnes Foundation, where Whalen was Associate Curator for Music.

Whalen was personally selected by Lorin Maazel to serve as his Conducting Fellow at the Castleton Festival and has worked as Assistant Conductor of the WDR Funkhausorchester in Cologne, Germany. Whalen was on faculty at the University of Chicago as the Director of the Chamber Orchestra and as Music Director of the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company of Chicago. He also founded and led the Chicago-based new music ensemble Les espaces acoustiques. As Conductor of the Contemporary Music Workshop at the University of Minnesota, Whalen led numerous regional and world premieres and conducted contemporary masterworks including Grisey’s Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil and Helmut Lachenmann’s Zwei gefühle…Musik mit Leonardo. Whalen is an active member of the Board of Directors for the Conductors Guild. A passionate advocate for contemporary music, Whalen has collaborated with many leading composers, including the late Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky and Grammy-winning composer Augusta Read Thomas. A native of New York, Whalen earned a BA cum laude from Cornell University, a master’s degree from the Bard College Conservatory of Music, a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, and pursued post-graduate study at the Curtis Institute of Music.


Mr. Peter Stafford Wilson


  •      Music Director - Springfield Symphony Orchestra (OH)
  •      Music Director - Westerville Symphony (OH)
  •      Former Principal Conductor - Tulsa Ballet (OK)



 Peter Stafford Wilson is one of the most exciting and talked about conductors of his generation being versatile in the areas of symphonic, ballet, and educational conducting. He has served the Springfield Symphony Orchestra as Music Director since 2001. Concurrently, he holds the post of Music Director of the Westerville Symphony, and has just completed a 10-season tenure as Principal Conductor of the Tulsa Ballet.  Peter Stafford Wilson’s leadership of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra continues to elicit praise from the public, musicians and press. Its 2005 Agriculture and the Arts Growing Together brought international attention to the organization, as did the sequel, American Made: Celebrating Our Manufacturing Heritage, which premiered in November 2007. A new multi-media, multi discipline production of Gustav Holst’s The Planets in 2011 resulted in a sellout house, while the orchestra’s innovative series, “Night Lights,” has enjoyed steadily increasing sales and attendance. The recent endowment of the Music Director chair with gifts totaling over one million dollars is further testimony to the community’s enthusiastic support. Mr. Wilson and the SSO are the recipients of a recent ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming as offered by the League of American Orchestras. In 2018 Wilson concluded a 28 year tenure as Associate Conductor of the Columbus Symphony where, among other duties, he led the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestra in several European and Asian tours as well as two highly acclaimed appearances at Carnegie Hall. Wilson has enjoyed conducting invitations from Orchestra throughout the US, Asia, and South America and enjoyed extended relationships with the Cincinnati Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra.  


Mr. A. Scott Wood

  • Director of orchestral activities at the George Washington University’s Corcoran School of Arts and Design
  • Music Director and Conductor of the Arlington Philharmonic
  • Music Director and Conductor of the Amadeus Orchestra
  • Conducting Faculty - Washington Conservatory of Music


A. Scott Wood is director of orchestral activities at the George Washington University’s Corcoran School of Arts and Design. He is also music director and conductor of the Arlington Philharmonic and the Amadeus Orchestra, and a member of the conducting faculty at the Washington Conservatory of Music. In 2021, the Voice of America spotlighted Maestro Wood to tell the story of orchestras returning to live performances in the wake of the COVID pandemic ( In 2023, the International Conductors Guild met in Valencia, Spain, and elected him to their board of directors.

Professor Wood recently guest-conducted the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion. He performed with Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated film composer Terence Blanchard and led the Wolf Trap Orchestra with legendary Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle. He has also appeared with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the Brevard (North Carolina) Philharmonic, the Rutgers Sinfonia, the Virtuosi of Houston and orchestra/choirs of the University of Houston Moores School of Music, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, the American University Orchestra, and the Washington Symphonic Brass. He was invited to conduct the Kennedy Center’s popular Messiah Sing-Along and has worked with many choral ensembles, including the US Army Chorus, the US Navy Sea Chanters, the Washington National Cathedral Singers, and the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists. He was lauded as “an incredible talent” by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and recognized for achievement in the arts by the American Association of University Women.

Professor Wood has lectured for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center, and spoken at the Smithsonian Institution, the Goethe-Institut, the Concurso di Canto Lirico (Peru), and Johns Hopkins University’s OASIS. He has advised the prestigious Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, a biennial international event, and served as a judge for the Washington Area Music Awards (the “Wammies”) and OnStage Korea at the Korean Cultural Center.

Wood is also the distinguished holder of the Roeckelein Chair in Music at the National Cathedral School and St. Albans School, where he serves as Director of Instrumental Music; the school also awarded him a fellowship in recognition of outstanding teachers and their lifelong impact on students. He has influenced aspiring young musicians in the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shenandoah Valley, Potomac Valley, Chesapeake, Prince William, and D.C. Youth Orchestras, as well as George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy. Wood’s work in the field earned him the Fairfax Symphony's Serage Award for Music Education.


Dr. Scott Woodard

  • Music Director of the West Virginia State Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Music Director and Conductor of the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra


  Scott E. Woodard is the music director of the West Virginia State Philharmonic Orchestra (formerly known as   the Charleston Chamber Orchestra) and the Butler Philharmonic Orchestra. In the 2022-2023 season, he is a   finalist for the position of Music Director with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

  Woodard’s study and pursuit of conducting has taken him all over the world. Past podiums include: guest   conductor of the Macon Symphony Orchestra (2006), associate conductor (2016-17) and cover conductor   (2013-16) of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, finalist in the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra   conductor search (2019). Future conducting opportunities include guest conducting with the Ohio Valley   Symphony Orchestra (2021).  Woodard was named First Prize winner of the International Conductor’s   Workshop Competition (2006) and First Prize at the International Academy of Advanced Conducting in St.   Petersburg, Russia, where he is now a full faculty member of the Academy.  Celebrated guest artists with   whom Dr. Woodard has worked include Victoria Fatu, Romanian violinist Gabriel Croitoru, Israeli tenor   Michael Riskin, Yip Wai Chow, and Cristian Fatu.

Dr. Woodard’s primary teachers were Dr. Leonid Korchmar of the Mariinsky Theatre and the St. Petersburg Conservatory and Dr. Oleg Proskurnya, with whom he studied the methods of the Leningrad School of Conducting developed and taught by Maestro Ilya Musin at the Leningrad Conservatory from 1932-1999.In 2005 and 2011, Woodard conducted orchestras of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society and the Mariinsky Theatre in concerts throughout the former Russian capitol. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Conductor’s Guild and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity. 

Woodard received the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Music Education from Marshall University and the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University.  As a teacher, Woodard’s career has spanned thirty-six years.  His teaching positions included Wirt County High School, Ceredo-Kenova High School, and Winfield High School.  Woodard served as the Director of Instrumental Music at Winfield High School from 1990 – 2006.  The Winfield HS Band under his direction performed in master class sessions with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and was the 2005 Honor Finalist Concert Band at the WV Music Educators Conference in Morgantown, WV.  He is currently the Director of Instrumental Music at West Virginia State University in Institute, WV, where he conducts the West Virginia State Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches advanced conducting. 

Woodard lives in Scott Depot, WV with his wife Nafi, who is a family practice physician, and their children, Gabriel and Gabriella.  He is available for guest conducting opportunities in the US and abroad.






International Conductors Guild

Dr. David Grandis, Editor, Journal of the International Conductors Guild

  Conductor David Grandis is currently the Director of Orchestras at the College of William and Mary, Music Director of the   Virginia Chamber Orchestra, and Music Director of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestra. Mr. Grandis’ guest conducting   opportunities have included the Bordeaux National Symphony Orchestra, Toulouse’s Capitol National Orchestra, Nice   Philharmonic Orchestra, Sofia New Symphony Orchestra and Minsk Philharmonic Orchestra. He has regularly served as   Assistant Conductor at the Lyon National Opera. Past positions as Assistant Conductor have also included: the Mid-Atlantic   Symphony Orchestra in Maryland, the Capital City Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., the Baltimore Opera Company and   the National Philharmonic, where he served as Cover Conductor. 

  A specialist of the French repertoire, David Grandis has established long relationships with prominent composers and their   descendants: he recently completed research on the symphonic works of Max d’Ollone, contributed to restore a lost score from   Jean Françaix, and is currently developing several projects involving concerts and recordings of this repertoire for Naxos. 

David Grandis has an equal interest in both symphonic and lyric literature. His doctoral thesis, A la recherche du chant perdu ©, analyzes the French style of opera singing and celebrates the era of the RTLN and its lyric company. It has been published in French and English. He has also studied voice for several years and performed roles in conservatory productions. Albert Lance invited him to conduct productions of Gounod’s Faust and Puccini’s Il Tabarro in France. Mr. Grandis recently conducted several performances of Puccini’s La Bohème with the Long Island Opera Company. 

A native of France, David Grandis completed his formal musical training in several conservatories and earned a B.M. in Musicology in France, a M.M. in conducting under Donald Schleicher at the University of Illinois in Champaign, a Graduate Performance Diploma under Gustav Meier at the Peabody Institute, and a D.M.A. in conducting under James Smith at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has participated in several master classes with Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, Rossen Milanov, Misha Kats, John Farrer, Daniel Lewis and Donald Thulean.

  Dr. Dominique Røyem - Media Consultant


Music Director, Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra

 Media Consultant, International Conductors Guild 

  DOMINIQUE RØYEM is the Music Director of the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra.   An active guest   conductor, she has worked with ensembles such as the Ukrainian State Orchestra, Plevin Philharmonic,   Galveston Symphony, Moores Opera Center, Sugarland Opera, HBU Opera Theatre, and the Houston Civic   Orchestra. She was the Resident Conductor for Bayou City Concert Musicals, and Music Director for   Houston Grand Opera’s Opera to Go!  during the 12-13 and 13-14 seasons, and  the Conducting Fellow for   the Allentown Symphony Orchestra’s 2012-2013 season.  She has served as a Director on the International   Conductors Guild Board of Directors, and now serves as the Media Consultant for the organization.

Ms. Røyem earned her Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Houston Moores School of Music. Her dissertation, entitled “Generic Integration and Its Expressive Potential in the Music of Kurt Weill and Richard Rodgers,” uses semiotic and genre theory to illuminate the similarities between opera and musical theatre in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Dominique currently lectures at the Women’s Institute of Houston.


 Jan Wilson, Executive Director

  Acclaimed by the press for her “deeply moving” artistry and a voice that has been lauded as “rich and colorful,” mezzo-   soprano  Jan Wilson is known for her skilled interpretations of solo orchestral works, choral masterpieces and chamber     music. Ms. Wilson has performed solo works with orchestras across the US, including the Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Richmond, West Virginia,  Knoxville, Roanoke, Spokane, Greenwich Village, Wheeling, Evansville Philharmonic, Long Island Philharmonic, Lexington Philharmonic, Duluth-Superior, Orchestra Iowa, Symphony Orchestras, to name only a few, and as a soloist at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, Scarsdale St. James the Less Church, Western Presbyterian, DC, New York’s St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra, ARS Musica, and the State College Choral Society.  Her performances have included collaborations with conductors of some of the finest orchestras including Aram Demirjian, Lawrence Loh, David Wiley Stewart, Grant Cooper, Daniel Hege, Eckart Preu, Sir David Willcocks, Markand Thakar, Andre Raphel Smith, Nicholas Palmer, Douglas Miller, and Barbara Yahr, to name only a few.  Jan has performed several times with her good friend and colleague David Stewart Wiley and the wonderful musicians of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.

Jan has been a member of New York Choral Artists, under the direction of her dear, but sadly deceased friend, Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, since 2000 and has performed dozens of professional choral performances with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher) and Carnegie Hall.  As a professional chorister, Jan has sung under Maestros Masur, Maazel, Muti, Dudamel, Welser-Möst, Mehta, Rafael de Burgos, Alan Gilbert, Dohnanyi, Noseda, and Louis Langree.

Ms. Wilson was honored to receive two distinguished alumni awards - the first from Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA, and the second from the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State University, State College, PA.  Jan is also honored to be named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. 

Ms. Wilson’s recording of Murray Shafer’s Minnelieder on the Centaur label with the Pennsylvania Quintet was praised by Fanfare as “ excellent addition to the shelf of contemporary American music...  ...Wilson has a real flair for this kind of music.”  Of her live performance of Elgar’s Sea Pictures with the Altoona Symphony, American Record Guide praised, “Wilson’s ripe and full-throated embrace of the various texts, in the final storm at sea piling on the vibrato in the best Helen Traubel tradition; there is a sonorous aura surrounding the soloist.” She can also be heard singing Handel’s Messiah on the Duke University private label. 

Ms. Wilson received her Bachelor of Music Education from Westminster College, her Master’s in Voice Performance from The Pennsylvania State University and was a recipient of a Rotary Foundation Fellowship  for voice  study with Sir David Willcocks at the Royal  College of  Music, London,  from which she was awarded a  Certificate  of Achievement.  

Jan has held a concurrent career as an experienced orchestra/arts administrator in addition to her singing career. 

Jan is a Metropolitan Opera National Council Regional Finalist, and Pittsburgh District Winner.  Jan made her debut solo recital at Weill Concert Hall (NYC) at Carnegie Hall in 1994, and in 2006, Jan made her solo debut at Carnegie Hall' s Stern Auditorium as Alto Soloist in a performance of Messiah with the St. Cecelia Orchestra and Chorus.  She was a Semi-Finalist in the New York Oratorio Society Solo Competition, and a National Finalist of the Federation of Music Clubs Competition.  Her teachers have included Herbert Burtis, Suzanne Roy, Louise McClelland, Margaret Cable (RCM) and Carol Schoenhard.  Jan lived in Manhattan for several years and is now a resident of Leesburg, VA where she enjoys cooking, gardening, and playing with her sweet pup, Lucy.  

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