Music Director & Conductor
Born and raised in...
Middlesex, England, Jonathan Brennand's conducting has been praised by the Cape Cod Times for its "precision and vitality." In 2014, he was appointed Music Director of the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra, and is the orchestra’s second conductor in its 34-year history.
Jonathan recently celebrated his 10th season with College Light Opera Company where he serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor. At College Light Opera he has garnered much praise from critics on his "commendable music direction" (Barnstable Patriot) and "inspired" (Cape Cod Times) interpretations of European and American operetta as well as classic American Musical Theater. In 2010, he was awarded a grant from the Victor Herbert Foundation to restore the score of the composer's comic opera Naughty Marietta. In August 2013, he was awarded the WISE Foundation's Conductor of the Year Award for his music direction and conducting of Die Fledermaus, which the Cape Cod Time described as "dynamic" and full of "technical prowess".
He enters his third season as Artistic Director of the Worcester Youth Orchestras, and Conducts the 60 member Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO) and Worcester Youth Baroque Orchestra. In addition, he oversees the Preparatory Division and Orchestras, and works with a team of coaches and mentors. Under his leadership, he has grown the Worcester Youth Orchestras from one ensemble to three ensembles in just three years. In April 2015, he will take WYSO on a trip to NYC to perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Haydn’s Te Deum with the Drew University Chorale and Choral Union.
In demand as a guest conductor and clinician he has conducted various MMEA festival orchestras, led performances of Mahler 4 at SUNY Purchase and NYC Opera Center with the Route 9 Ensemble, the Commonwealth Lyric Opera and Lucky Ten Studios, the WISE Foundation’s Columbus Day Festival Orchestra and Ip Piano School Annual Concerto Competition series at the Tsai Performing Arts Center.
Prior study was an apprenticeship in Salzburg and Vienna under the tutelage of Heinz Ferlesch (BCF), BA in Music and History from Drew University and a MM in Orchestral Conducting from UMass Amherst.