Christopher Confessore
Resident Conductor and Principal POPS! Conductor

Christopher Confessore is celebrating his eleventh season as a member of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra's conducting staff; he was named Principal Pops Conductor in 2008. He regularly appears on other ASO concert series, garnering rave reviews from The Birmingham News for his "special talent for drawing the broadly lyrical out of his orchestra." He also leads the orchestra in a wide variety of educational and community outreach performances.

Since 1995, Mr. Confessore has served as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra in Melbourne, FL. During his tenure the orchestra has performed a broad repertoire - including the world premieres of seven compositions commissioned by the orchestra - and enjoyed a dramatic period of artistic growth, increased attendance at all performances and financial stability.

Mr. Confessore made his international debut in June of 2004, conducting the Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania. His schedule as a guest conductor has included appearances with the Houston Symphony, the Florida Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, among others. He has also conducted the youth orchestras of the St. Louis and San Francisco Symphonies.

During the 1999-2000 season Mr. Confessore served as Interim Education and Outreach Conductor of the Houston Symphony. In this capacity he conducted more than fifty performances on the Houston Symphony's Lollipops, and First Concerts series, as well as other community outreach concerts.

From 1992-2000 Mr. Confessore served as Associate Conductor of the Florida West Coast Symphony in Sarasota. From 1990-1995 he served as Education Director of the Florida West Coast Symphony, administering one of the most intensive orchestral education programs in the country.

Hailed by the Birmingham News as a leader with "firm vision and confidence," Christopher Confessore has accompanied a distinguished list of artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Glenn Dicterow, Carol Wincenc and Jon Nakamatsu. As a Pops conductor he has appeared with a diverse group of performers, including Grammy Award winners Art Garfunkel, Roberta Flack, Larry Gatlin and Nanci Griffith, as well as Tony Award nominees Jodi Benson, Liz Callaway, Susan Egan and Rebecca Luker. In April of 2005, music columnist Mary Colurso of The Birmingham News remarked "Anyone who regards the symphony as stuffy and elitist hasn't been to a SuperPops show when Confessore's in charge. He exudes nice-guy appeal on stage, along with real warmth, a sense of humor and smarts to spare."

Mr. Confessore's primary conducting instructors have been Phillip Spurgeon and Daniel Lewis. He has studied with internationally acclaimed conductor Leonard Slatkin and has attended workshops and seminars led by Gustav Meier, Harold Farberman and Lawrence Leighton Smith.

Mr. Confessore holds a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Southern California and the Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from Florida State University. His primary bassoon instructors were William Winstead and Trevor Cramer. As a student in the FSU study-abroad program in London, England, he studied with William Waterhouse, former Principal Bassoon of the BBC Symphony.

Chris's Desert Island Disc is: The Light in the Piazza - Original Broadway Cast - music and lyrics by Adam Guettel

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