The University of Maryland School of Music is pleased to announce that José-Luis Novo has been appointed the interim director of orchestral activities for the 2017-18 academic year. In this role, he will direct the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra and provide mentorship for conducting students.
Novo is currently Music Director and Conductor of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (ASO) in Maryland and recently concluded an impressive 13-year tenure as Music Director and Conductor of the Binghamton Philharmonic in New York state. Prior to these appointments, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra under both music director emeritus Jesús López-Cobos and former music director Paavo Järvi, and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the late Erich Kunzel.
Maestro Novo has developed a reputation as a keen educator of young musicians. He has held conducting positions with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Miami University Symphony Orchestra, National Repertory Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Spain and the Yale Symphony Orchestra. Since 1999, he has been on the conducting faculty at the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he holds the position of Resident Conductor. In addition, he has conducted many noteworthy college and youth orchestras such as the Curtis Institute Orchestra, the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, and the Portuguesa State Youth Orchestra of the Venezuelan El Sistema.
Novo was featured in the League of American Orchestra's Symphony magazine in "Podium Powers," an article about emerging Hispanic conductors in the United States. He holds music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Yale University and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, and is the recipient of a 2010 Annie Award in Performing Arts from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, a 2008 American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Adventurous Programming Award, and a 2005 Broome County Arts Council Heart of the Arts Award.
Learn more about Maestro Novo here.