AYSO Guest Conductor - February 25, 2018
John Devlin is the Cover Conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra. Of his recent debut with the NSO and soloist Joshua Bell, Anne Midgette of the Washington Post wrote that Devlin “led the evening with flair … and was visibly in his element.”
In addition to his work with the NSO, John is the Assistant Conductor of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director and Conductor of Gourmet Symphony With these, and other orchestras, Devlin has conducted at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and at the Music Center at Strathmore.
Devlin is also an active conductor of outstanding high school and collegiate ensembles. During the 2016-17 season, Devlin served on the faculty at the University of Maryland School of Music as the Assistant Director of Orchestral Studies. John has also conducted numerous honor ensembles, including the Pennsylvania, North Dakota, and Maine All-State Orchestras. He has also previously served as the Music Director of the McLean Youth Orchestra and the Youth Orchestras of Prince William.
Devlin’s mission as a conductor is to deliver concerts that frame orchestral music in new and innovative ways. His artistic leadership has inspired many forward-thinking concepts such as Gourmet Symphony, Go-Go Symphony, Seamless Symphony, Interactive Symphony and the New Retro Project.
These collaborations have paired artists like Joshua Bell with gourmet chefs, and artists like Bootsy Collins, George Clinton and Larry Graham with symphony orchestras for the first time. Each reflects Devlin’s mission of making classical music attainable and engaging for all audiences. The Washington Post has hailed these projects as “refreshingly unfamiliar” events that deliver “a new audience for classical music,” and have brought “the sold-out house to its feet, cheering.”
Devlin graduated with both a master’s and a doctoral degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Maryland School of Music, where he studied with James Ross. His undergraduate degree is from Emory University where he graduated summa cum laude with a double major in Music and Latin. His other conducting mentors include Christoph Eschenbach and Rossen Milanov.
For more information on Devlin, including recordings and upcoming concerts, visit www.JohnDevlinMusic.com.