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Guest Conductors

Daniel Black

“Firm, decisive,” “vital and engaging” and “with a droll sense of humor on the podium,” Canada-based American conductor Daniel Black has begun to attract attention as a conductor who “makes music in a way that is meaningful to audiences in the 21st Century.”

After a successful first season as Assistant Conductor of the Florida Orchestra, Daniel was promoted to Associate Conductor for the 2019-20 season.  In 2019-20, Daniel will make his guest-conducting debuts with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.  Season highlights include a Masterworks program with the Florida Orchestra featuring violinist Benjamin Bielman, the films Back to the Future and Return of the Jedi with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and the Florida Orchestra, summer concerts with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and more than forty additional performances with the Florida Orchestra, including Holiday Pops, Coffee Concerts, and more.

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Additional highlights of recent seasons include guest-conducting engagements with the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra and the Dnipro State Opera and Ballet Company (in Dnipro, Ukraine), and engagements as assistant conductor for opera productions with Michigan Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre St. Louis, and the Florentine Opera Company.  In 2018, Daniel also was one of eight recipients of a Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award- his third such honor.

Daniel’s previous guest-conducting engagements have included the St. Petersburg (Russia) State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Basically Beethoven Festival, the Owensboro Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Wichita Falls Symphony, the Rockford Symphony, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony, and the South Shore Opera Company. As Music Director of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, he created the first professional recording of John Harmon’s Crazy Horse symphony, and presented the Midwest Premiere of the work, a performance which was hailed as “one of the most momentous evenings in the [130-year] history of the Grand Opera House.”

Daniel won the 2017 Solti Foundation U.S. opera conducting fellowship, working with conductor Stephen Lord and Opera Theatre of St. Louis. He has also toured China as assistant conductor of the Chinese premiere of composer/conductor Bright Sheng’s opera Dream of the Red Chamber. During his tenure as Associate Conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Daniel conducted over 150 performances.  Daniel was the recipient of consecutive Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Awards in 2015 and 2016. He has been engaged as cover conductor by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

A former conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Daniel has studied with Kurt Masur, Edo de Waart, Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, Larry Rachleff, Marin Alsop, Daniel Lewis, David Effron, and Gunther Schuller.

Also an accomplished composer, Daniel was the composer-in-residence for the International Horn Society’s 2014 Southeast Horn Workshop, and was a finalist and diploma winner of the International Prokofiev Composition Contest in April 2008.

Fluent in Russian, Daniel has studied conducting at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Eastman School of Music, and Northwestern University, counting among his mentors Leonid Korchmar, Neil Varon and Victor Yampolsky. He has studied composition with Richard Danielpour.

Teresa Cheung

Currently celebrating her 12th Anniversary Season as Music Director of Pennsylvania’s Altoona Symphony Orchestra, Teresa Cheung is in frequent demand for symphonic, choral, operatic and balletic productions throughout the United States and Canada.

Teresa Cheung’s recent engagements have found her on the podia of the Amarillo, American, Bakersfield, Mid-Texas, Mobile, New Amsterdam (NYC), Phoenix, Portland, Stamford, Venice and Western Michigan symphony orchestras, Evansville, Fort Wayne and Rochester philharmonic orchestras, Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra, Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, New York City Ballet, Brooklyn’s Regina Opera and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Additionally, she often appears as conductor for colleges and universities and with All State/All County orchestra festivals. She has also served as a conducting clinician for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ “Meet the Artist” program.

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Teresa Cheung is widely known for her creative concert programming, collaborative projects and community outreach programs and for being a passionate advocate for music education for all ages. Since the beginning of her tenure in Altoona, Ms. Cheung has created numerous outreach programs that have engaged area children and high school musicians and choristers. The ASO has also performed with university ensembles from Penn State University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Juniata College, while her vision of extending the Altoona Symphony’s artistry and reputation beyond Central Pennsylvania led to an acclaimed project with Pennsylvania Council for the Arts’ Commonwealth Speaker Karl Middleman in “Dvorák’s New World,” a Humanities on the Road program that was broadcast throughout Pennsylvania in December, 2011.

Teresa Cheung began her career as Resident Conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, where she was also conductor of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Evansville Philharmonic Chorus. Among her many artistic initiatives, she led the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra on its first international concert tour to Japan in 2002. Subsequently, she served as Resident Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor for the Bard Music Festival and SummerScape.

A native of Hong Kong, Teresa Cheung received her Masters Degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. She is also the recipient of the JoAnn Falletta Conducting Award for the most promising female conductors.

Yaniv Segal

A compelling and versatile musician spotlighted in Esquire Magazine as a rising star that is “redefining classical music,” Yaniv Segal has appeared on stages around the world as an actor, singer, violinist, violist, and conductor. As an assistant conductor of the Detroit Symphony, he leads the orchestra in several community, education and family concerts annually. Between 2014-17, Yaniv was Assistant Conductor of the Naples Philharmonic and directed the Naples Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. He led the Naples Philharmonic in nearly twenty different programs per year including a concert with legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman that the Naples Daily News called “off the charts,” and that the performance of The Pines of Rome was “one of the most exciting ever heard.”

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In the spring of 2018, Yaniv recorded Beethoven Reimagined with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for Naxos Records. The album features new arrangements of Beethoven’s music by Yaniv Segal, Garrett Schumann, and Gabriel Prokofiev. In 2016, Yaniv recorded Joy and Sorrow with the Chelsea Symphony, an album of orchestral Klezmer music by New York composer David Chesky produced using the latest binaural technology. Yaniv also recorded Chesky’s score to the 2017 feature animation The Mice War, a children’s opera about the folly of war. He was the assistant conductor on Blazing Mirage, a Hong Kong Philharmonic recording of music by Bright Sheng, and can be heard singing as a boy soprano on albums ranging from classical opera to rock and folk music.

In 2005, Yaniv co-created the Chelsea Symphony to provide performance and professional development opportunities for young instrumentalists, composers, and conductors. The Chelsea Symphony has performed dozens of world premieres alongside standard repertoire in the Metropolitan New York area, and can be frequently seen on the Amazon Prime series Mozart in the Jungle.

As a composer, Yaniv enjoys writing original works as well as reworking past masterpieces. The Chelsea Symphony premiered his modernized and reduced version of the Rite of Spring (Redux), and the Naples Philharmonic has performed several of Yaniv’s works including Beethoven’s Sonata for Orchestra in C Minor Op.30 No.2b, songs by Alma Mahler arranged for orchestra, and a celebratory fanfare. Yaniv’s new concert-length educational work for orchestra and narrator, The Harmony Games, will be performed nearly thirty times in the 2018-19 season.

Already fully at ease on stage from a young age, Yaniv sang as a boy soprano at the Metropolitan Opera, both as soloist and in the children’s choir, under conductors such as James Levine, Valery Gergiev, and Georg Solti. Yaniv later spent a year on the First National Tour of The Secret Garden as “Colin,” alongside multiple award-winner Audra McDonald, and then played Stockard Channing’s son “Joe” in Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood at Lincoln Center’s Mitzi Newhouse Theater. While still in high school, Yaniv was twice a violin soloist with the Yonkers Philharmonic and regularly performed chamber music with members of the New York Philharmonic. As a collaborator, he has accompanied artists such as Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Mark Peskanov, and Francesco Libetti in venues from Avery Fisher Hall to Brooklyn’s intimate Bargemusic.

Invited by Lorin Maazel to the inaugural Castleton Festival, Yaniv has also studied with Kurt Masur, and participated in masterclasses with Michael Tilson Thomas and Gustav Meier. He was selected as one of 18 participants (out of over 350 applicants) in the 2018 Evgeny Svetlanov Competition in Paris. In 2013, Yaniv completed graduate studies at the University of Michigan with renowned conducting pedagogue Kenneth Kiesler and MacArthur Award winning composer Bright Sheng. The son of a Polish violinist and an Israeli violin-maker, Yaniv grew up in New York speaking three languages in a multi-cultural household. In support of his education, achievements, and contributions to American Society he was a recipient of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans in 2009.

Brent Chancellor

Brent Chancellor is Artistic Director and Conductor of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Rockland Symphony Orchestra, Founding Music Director of LUX, and Interim Music Director of the Montclair State University Opera Orchestra. He is also a cover conductor with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and Conductor with the prestigious International Vocal Arts Institute. Previous positions include Conducting Assistant with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor to Stéphane Denève, Martin West and Joel Revzen at Festival Napa Valley, and Cover Conductor for concerts featuring André Watts, Leon Fleisher, Robert Levin, Seong-Jin Cho, Angel Blue and Lester Lynch.

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In opera, Brent has led numerous productions, and collaborated with many accomplished musicians and young artists from The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, La Scala and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Hailed by Mignon Dunn as “a real singers’ conductor”, from 2008-2012 he served as Assistant Conductor to Paul Nadler on productions including Ariadne auf NaxosLa TraviataThe Rake’s ProgressDon Pasquale and Lucia di Lammermoor, as well as concerts with the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv and l’Orchestre de la Francophonie in Montreal. He has worked with revered stage directors Marc Verzatt, Joshua Major, Dietlinde Turban Maazel, Ira Siff, Jeffrey Gall, Lawrence Edelson and Joachim Schamberger, and in 2018, stepped in last minute to lead highly praised performances of The Rape of Lucretia. Other credits include ToscaMadame ButterflyDon GiovanniLa Bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Suor Angelica, Les Nozze di Figaro, L’enfant et les sortilèges and Tamerlano.

A devoted music educator, Brent is rapidly gaining recognition as a unique and imaginative presenter. In 2016 he founded LUX, an orchestra dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to access and connect with symphonic music. Acclaimed performances have included Grammy Award-winning violinist and member of Snarky Puppy, Zach Brock, and fully immersive multi-media concerts in unconventional settings. In 2019, LUX became a partner orchestra with Carnegie Hall Link Up providing in-school concerts with the South Orange Performing Arts Center as part of a district-wide orchestra initiative. Brent also serves on the faculty of Montclair State University and has presented pre-concert talks and audience outreach at the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, UC Davis, California State University, Sierra College, Sonoma State University and the John J. Cali School of Music. With a deep curiosity and appreciation for music across genres, in 2003, Brent spent almost four months in Uganda studying traditional ngoma drumming with Mpambire Drum Makers of Uganda. His field recordings are under consideration for archival with the Library of Congress.

An award-winning composer and advocate for new music, Brent’s music has been performed at the Festival of New American Music, Festival of the Arts, Center for Contemporary Art and NY Fashion Week. Highlights included the 2016 premiere of Crane Songs performed by contemporary flutist and TEDx presenter Cathie Apple, and special recognition for his role in founding the all-women’s choir Vox Musica. In 2010, 2005 and 2004 Brent was a featured composer and guest performer at the Festival of New American Music with the ensemble SEM-G premiering his works Vestiges for 20 flutes and cellos, On the Essence of Light and Killer for laptop and live electronics. A champion of living and contemporary composers, Brent led the 2015 New Jersey premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s, Licht Bogen, and as a student, his performance of Piano Phase by Steve Reich was praised by the composer as “one of the best performances” he had heard.

A protégé of Paul Nadler (Metropolitan Opera) and Ken Lam (Charleston Symphony Orchestra), Brent holds degrees in composition, piano and conducting. He attended the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen, California State University Sacramento and the John J. Cali School of Music. He has worked with many celebrated musicians in workshops, festivals and coachings, including conductors Cristian Măcelaru, Riccardo Muti, Markand Thakar, Johannes Schlaefli and Ken Kiesler, composers George Crumb, Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros and Aaron J. Kernis, and opera coaches Joan Dornemann, Gerald Martin Moore, Benton Hess and Sherrill Milnes. He has been invited twice to attend the prestigious Cabrillo Festival’s Composer/Conductor Workshop for new music. A native of California, Brent spent his formative years immersed in intensive drum set and percussion studies with Matt Marrucci, Mike Lawson and Johnny Rabb before studying composition, piano and percussion.

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