Ione Breeden Auer Podium Endowment
Born in the north-east of England, Andrew Constantine began his musical studies on the cello. Despite a seemingly overwhelming desire to play football (soccer) he eventually developed a passion for the instrument and classical music in general. Furthering his playing at Wells Cathedral School he also got his first sight and experience of a professional conductor; “for some reason, the wonderful Meredith Davies had decided to teach in a, albeit rather special, high school for a time. Even we callow youths realized this was worth paying attention to!”
Guest Conductor for Engagement
Known for his outstanding interpretations of American music, Berlin-based conductor Caleb Young has gained international renown as one of the most exciting emerging American artists of today. Mentored by legendary Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Young connects his rigorous training in the European classical tradition with a passion for the viscerality of American music, resulting in daring and fresh renditions of both. He commands a breadth of repertoire, able to tap into the full spectrum of American composers. Indeed, under Young's baton, the works of Copland, Bernstein, Jennifer Higdon, and Jessie Montgomery receive artistic treatment equal to those of Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, Mahler, Stravinsky, and Shostakovich.
Louis Bonter Podium Endowment
Benjamin Rivera has been Artistic Director and Conductor of Cantate Chicago since December of 2000. He has prepared and conducted choruses at all levels in repertoire that has included gospel, pop, folk, sacred polyphony, choral/orchestral masterworks, and contemporary pieces.
Youth Education and Family Concert Conductor
Troy Webdell's extensive experience includes serving as founder and music director of the South Shore Orchestra in Valparaiso, Indiana. He has conducted in over 40 cities throughout China in renowned concert halls and in 2017 was named the Honorary Director of Orchestral Programs for the Nanjing Qinxing Arts Academy in Nanjing.
Alex Lee is a rising Taiwanese American conductor acclaimed for his excellent stage presence and musical finesse. Lee serves as the Dar Richardson Conducting Fellow of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, appointed by Music Director Andrew Constantine in 2023.