Jonathan McPhee, Music Director, Lexington Symphony

JONATHAN MPHHEE is currently Music Director for the Lexington Symphony, having completed 27 years as Music Director for Boston Ballet. He has served as conductor for The Royal Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, National Ballet of Canada, The Australian Ballet, New York City Ballet, Den Norske Ballett in Norway, and Royal Danish Ballet, among others.  His works as an arranger and composer are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. and Schott Music in Germany, and are in the repertoires of orchestras and ballet companies around the world.  Mr. McPhee received his L.R.A.M. from the Royal Academy of Music and University of London, and a B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School.

After graduating from The Juilliard School, Mr. McPhee created, and was conductor for, the first chamber orchestra to tour the Greater New York Area under the auspices of Lincoln Center Institute with one of their most successful educational programs ever.  Throughout his career, Jonathan has served as conductor for many All-State, Regional and District Orchestras in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Washington.  

“As a Music Director, I have made it an important part of my responsibilities to develop educational programs that explore music and the arts both in the concert hall and in the schools.  These are designed to share the essence of what a performing art is all about – how it is created, how performers recreate a work for a live audience, the training to build skills, and how it affects both young artists and audience participants, as well as the creative process itself.  Finding ways to share this experience and encourage young people to interact has been one of my favorite topics.  For several seasons I helped develop in-school programs with From the Top (NPR Radio production) and Young Audiences in the Greater Boston area.”

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