Allentown Symphony Conducting Fellows Program 2013-2014
The Allentown Symphony Conducting Fellows Program was established to offer opportunities for conductors to learn about being a Music Director of a regional orchestra. The conductors selected for this program are experienced conductors who are each assigned a concert in which they will be helping in a variety of ways. This would include listening for the balance of the orchestra in the hall, acting as a score-reader for our multi-media concerts, and assisting in other ways behind the scenes. Each of the conductors will also have career mentoring sessions with the Allentown Symphony Music Director and Conductor, Diane Wittry, as well as the opportunity to attend any of the orchestra’s rehearsals throughout the season. Through this program, the Conducting Fellows will be able to meet with our professional staff – music librarian, personnel manager, operations manager, development director, and executive director, in order to enhance their knowledge of the skills and expertise required to be an effective musical leader.
We are very pleased to announce that the Allentown Symphony Conducting Fellows for the 2013-2014 Season
DAVID CUBEK (Opening Revelry)
David was appointed assistant professor of music and director of the Claremont Concert Orchestra by the Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges in 2010. In addition to being passionate about conducting and teaching at the college level, Mr. Cubek is a firm believer in the power of music to foster social change. During the summer months, Mr. Cubek regularly conducts ensembles from Venezuela’s acclaimed music education program known as “El Sistema.” He has also collaborated with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA), Gustavo Dudamel’s initiative committed to providing intensive music training to underserved neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area. Born in Venezuela, Mr. Cubek began private piano and composition lessons at the age of 7 before entering the Simón Bolívar Conservatory. In 1999, he went on to continue his education in Montreal, studying piano, music theory, and orchestral conducting at McGill University and the Conservatory of Montreal. At the latter institution he was awarded First Prize with Great Distinction in orchestral conducting. Mr. Cubek completed his doctoral studies in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University under Victor Yampolsky, where he served as assistant and guest conductor of the opera program, and the Chamber and Symphony Orchestras. He has been music director of the University of Chicago Chamber Orchestra and a lecturer in music theory at both Northwestern and McGill. In addition, Mr. Cubek has led orchestras in Canada, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Italy and Ukraine.
DARIN LEWIS (Experience Midori!)
Darin Lewis has conducted at major venues throughout the Eastern United States, including performances at Alice Tully Hall, Columbia University, St. Bartholomew’s Church, Grace Church and at the Alliance Francais, with the Little Orchestra Society of New York. He has toured England, France, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Argentina, Uruguay, and Germany with performances at major venues in Paris, Barcelona, Florence, Rome, Leipzig, Halle, London, Buenos Aires, and Berlin. He has been a guest conductor with numerous ensembles and has been invited several times to conduct at the Music Educator’s Eastern Division Regional Conference. He has led workshops in Massachusetts, New York, California and Connecticut. In addition to conducting, Mr. Lewis is a pianist and a commissioned composer. He is currently the Conductor of the Lafayette College Chamber Orchestra, Director of Music at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Stamford, CT., and Artistic Director of the Simpatico Chamber Ensemble.
JANE BROWN (Classical Music for Film)
As a native of the arts-loving mountain communities of Northern California, Jane Brown has always had a passion for sharing the finest in music with everyone around her. She earned her Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, in instrumental music from Brigham Young University; and a Master of Arts in Music with honors, in woodwind performance and conducting from California State University, Chico. After establishing a foundation as professional musician and educator, Ms. Brown embarked on her career conducting symphonic music in the Spring of 2001.
She was appointed to conduct the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra and over four years, inspired more than 300 of the area's finest young musicians. Under her leadership, this excellent group performed professional orchestral literature for over 23,000 people, including its highly acclaimed Young People's Concerts for children.
In the Fall of 2004 she was chosen as the conductor and musical director of the Reno Pops Orchestra, where she had a profound effect on building every aspect of that ensemble and its audiences into a regional phenomenon. Most recently, she was also named as the conductor of the Ruby Mountain Symphony in Elko, Nevada.
Her most recent pursuits include studying conducting with such internationally renowned masters as: Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, and most recently, Markand Thakar and Diane Wittry. She has also conducted the State Symphony Concert Orchestra of Ukraine, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music’s Philharmonic in various workshop settings.
RAÚL GÓMEZ (Mozart's Requiem)
In 2012, Raúl was appointed Assistant Conductor of Louisiana Sinfonietta in Baton Rouge, LA and Sinfonietta Belo Horizonte in Brazil. He has appeared as guest conductor with Nicholls State University Orchestra, LSU Symphony Orchestra, Miami Chamber Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of Panama, the Contemporary String Ensemble in New Orleans and the Premier Orchestral Institute in Madison, Mississippi. A champion of new music, Raúl has recently conducted three world premieres: Liduino Pitombeira’s Concerto for Piano 4 Hands, Ronaldo Cadeu’s ballet Crime and Punishment, and New Orleans jazz legend Wardell Quezergue’s posthumous premiere of his “Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
As a 2011 Conducting Fellow at Aspen Music Festival, Raúl worked with Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, Larry Rachleff and Murry Sidlin. Additionally, he has participated in master classes with David Effron, Carl Topilow, Theodore Kuchar, Diane Wittry, Mark Scatterday, Donald Hunsberger and Michael Votta.
In June 2011, Raúl started work as Artistic Director of Kids’ Orchestra, in Baton Rouge. He continues his involvement with the organization as Artistic Advisor. His work with Kids’ Orchestra made him the recipient of the Hildegard Behrens Foundation Young Artist Humanitarian Award in 2012.
Also active as a composer, Raúl’s work has been recently featured in productions by Swine Palace, including John Guare’s Free Man of Color and Shakespeare’s King Lear. His music was also heard in Ruby Lou Smith’s movement theatre piece A Waltz with Zelda.
Raúl completed graduate degrees at Louisiana State University (D.M.A. in orchestral conducting and M.M. in violin performance), where he studied with Carlos Riazuelo, Kevork Mardirossian and Espen Lilleslatten. As a graduate student at LSU, he was a Sidney M. Blitzer violinist and a Huel D. Perkins Doctoral Fellow.
DAVID RAMAEL (Beethoven's Emperor Concerto)
Heralded as a “highly gifted conductor” and for his “exceptional command and professional demeanor,” David Ramael has been in great demand as conductor, clinician and lecturer in the United States and abroad. In recent years, he has appeared with the Helicon Ensemble, the Long Island Chamber Virtuosi, Massapequa Philharmonic, the Long Island Youth Orchestras, the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra, Festival Brass Band, Reflection Vocal Ensemble and members of the Monnaie Opera brass.
From March 2011 until June 2013 David Ramael served as Artistic Director of Gemini Youth Orchestras, which he led in July 2011 on their inaugural international tour with concerts in Paris, Antwerp and Amsterdam. As an educator he served for nine years on the faculty of Hofstra University as Director of Orchestral Activities. Prior to his appointment at Hofstra University, David Ramael worked as a freelance conductor in the greater Twin Cities area. He served as conductor of the Concertino Northeast with the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, and as music director of the Golden Valley Orchestra, Lake Waconia Wind Ensemble and Twin Cities Chamber Orchestra. Starting in Fall 2013 David Ramael was appointed as Director of Orchestras at Western Washington University.