With a unique combination of intensity, enthusiasm and technical clarity, American conductor Andrew Grams has steadily built a reputation for hisdynamic concerts and long-term orchestra building. Mr. Grams has led orchestras throughout the United States including The Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. He served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra from 2004-2007 where he worked under the guidance of Franz Welser-Möst, and has since returned for several engagements.
David Alan Miller
Grammy Award-winning conductor David Alan Miller has established a reputation as one of the leading American conductors of his generation. Music Director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, Mr. Miller has proven himself a creative and compelling orchestra builder. Through exploration of unusual repertoire, educational programming, community outreach and recording initiatives, he has reaffirmed the Albany Symphony’s reputation as the nation’s leading champion of American symphonic music and one of its most innovative orchestras. He and the orchestra appeared twice at "Spring For Music," the festival of America's most creative orchestras at New York City's Carnegie Hall, and in 2018at the Kennedy Center’s “Shift Festival”. Other accolades include Columbia University’s 2003 Ditson Conductor’s Award, the oldest award honoring conductors for their commitment to American music, the 2001 ASCAP Morton Gould Award for Innovative Programming and, in 1999, ASCAP’s first-ever Leonard Bernstein Award for Outstanding Educational Programming.
John Morris Russell
The 2018/2019 season will mark John Morris Russell’s eighth as Conductor of the Cincinnati Pops, one of Cincinnati’s most treasured assets and one of the world’s most respected pops orchestras. Consistently winning international praise for his extraordinary music-making and visionary leadership, he is also Music Director of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, in South Carolina, where he leads the classical subscription series as well as the prestigious Hilton Head International Piano Competition. Mr. Russell also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, in New York, following in the footsteps of Marvin Hamlisch and Doc Severinsen. John Morris Russell completed his eleven-year tenure as Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada in 2012, whereupon he was named that orchestra’s first Conductor Laureate.
Conductor Michael Stern is embarking on his 13th season as Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony and 18th season as Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the IRIS Orchestra. Stern began the 2016/17 season leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in a concert with Yo-Yo Ma, and returned to the summer festivals at Crested Butte and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge. Further guest engagements included weeks with the Atlanta, National (D.C.), and Adelaide Symphonies, and special concerts plus educational residencies in Guangzhou, China, where he is Music Director of Youth Music Culture Guangdong, and with the Chicago Civic Orchestra. With the Kansas City Symphony, he conducted the world premiere of Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Fantasie for Violin and Orchestra with Anne Akiko Meyers – one of the composer’s last works – and released a new CD of works by American composer Adam Schoenberg.
Appointed the 12th music director of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in July 2014, American conductor Ward Stare has been described as "a dynamic music director" by CITY Newspaper and "a rising star in the conducting firmament" by the Chicago Tribune. Stare recently made his critically acclaimed debut at the Metropolitan Opera this season conducting Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow, with Grammy-winning mezzo soprano Susan Graham in the title role. Other 2017/18 season highlights include world premiere performances of works by celebrated composers Jennifer Higdon and Allen Shawn, commissioned by the RPO, and collaborations with Itzhak Perlman, Inon Barnatan and Isabel Leonard. Stare will also lead a Beethoven Festival and a concert production of Bizet's Carmen. In recent seasons, maestro Stare has performed with Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Midori and Yo-Yo Ma, and conducted world premieres of multiple works by Academy Award-winning composer Eliot Goldenthal.