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Guest Conductors

Finding your next guest conductor has never been easier! CODA’s Guest Conductors are some of the most talented and sought-after conductors in the country and abroad. These outstanding college directors each have a well-deserved reputation for outstanding podium skills and positive interaction with students. More importantly, they all have an affinity for guest conducting, participating in clinics, or judging at the high school, college and university levels. Many of them have public school teaching experience, and they come from all geographical regions of the country and abroad. Just click on a name and contact them today!


Leonard Atherton

Leonard Atherton, Professor, Ball State University, Music Director Emeritus, Muncie (IN) Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra masterclasses. Orchestral (and choral/orchestral) conducting masterclasses and workshops. 2007 engagements; KY All-State Collegiate String Orchestra, orchestral workshops and conducting masterclasses at Baylor and Illinois State Universities and conducting masterclass at The University of Arizona.

Email: Leonard Atherton

Ricardo Averbach

Ricardo Averbach, Director of Orchestral Studies at Miami University.Extensive experience in conducting youth, college and conservatory level orchestras in nine countries, including University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania and the Pioneer Philharmonic. Official adjudicator for the Ohio Music Educators Association, member of the Committee for the Arts and Innovative Thinking for the State of Ohio and former member of the Board of Education of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Email: Ricardo Averbach

David Avshalomov

B.A, Music, Harvard; D.M.A., Conducting/Composition, UW (Krachmalnick). Conducting studies: Peabody (Mueller), Blomstedt  Institute, Aspen (Morel, Torkanowsky), Tanglewood (Bernstein, Schuller, Ozawa). Previous Music Director: Bremerton  Symphony, Missoula Symphony, CSUN Youth Orchestras,  Santa Monica Chamber  Orchestra, LA Doctors Symphony. Guest conductor (over 50 ensembles including Moscow Symphony (Naxos), Spokane Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic), toured Europe and far East. Numerous composer grants and prizes; designated Honored Artist, American Prize 2014.

Robert Baldwin

Robert Baldwin is Music Director for the Salt Lake Symphony and Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Utah. Guest conducting engagements include the Koupio Academy in Finland, Hermitage Camerata in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the Lexington Philharmonic, Utah Virtuosi Brass, the Abilene Tri-Collegiate Opera, and numerous festivals and All-State Orchestras.

Email:Robert Baldwin

Kevin Bartram

Kevin Bartram, President elect of CODA, is Orchestra director at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has degrees from Northwestern University, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Shenandoah Conservatory. He is in great demand as a conductor of high school honor orchestras across the country and has conducted concerts recently with Itzhak Perlman, Michael Feinstein, Sir James Galway, the Canadian Brass, and Kenny Rogers.

Email: Kevin Bartram

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Rebecca Burkhardt

Rebecca Burkhardt, Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Northern Iowa since 1988, is active as a guest conductor and clinician of high school honor orchestras and bands throughout the Midwest. She has performed as conductor for the 2004 Iowa All-State Orchestra and again with that group at the 2005 National Governor’s Convention in Des Moines. A native of Texas, Dr. Burkhardt has earned degrees from Southwestern University (TX), the University of North Texas, and The University of Texas, Austin.

Email: Rebecca Burkhardt

Thomas Cockrell

Thomas Cockrell, Nelson Riddle Endowed Chair and Director of Orchestral Activities and at The University of Arizona School of Music in Tucson. Director, Rogers Conducting Institute. Guest symphony and opera conductor; energetic clinician for All-State and regional festivals. Conductor, Interlochen Arts Camp since 2006.

Email:Thomas Cockrell

Margery Deutsch

Margery Deutsch, Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Numerous All-State and extensive Regional/District Guest Conductor appearances nationwide, and Music Director of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Email: Margery Deutsch

Thomas Taylor Dickey

Thomas Taylor Dickey is the Director of Orchestral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and the Conductor of the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra (IA). Former assistant conductor of university, community, and regional orchestras in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, and Louisiana

Email: Thomas Taylor Dickey

Timothy Dixon

Timothy Dixon is Director of Orchestral Studies at Messiah College and the Music Director/Conductor of the West Shore Symphony Orchestra (PA). Former high school music educator and conductor of youth orchestras in Iowa, Ohio and Michigan. Extensive experience as a guest conductor of festival orchestras, and as an adjudicator and clinician.

Email: Timothy Dixon


Dan Dominick

Dan Dominick, Music Director and Conductor, Sherman Symphony Orchestra, Associate Professor of Music, Austin College (Sherman, TX). Several International and Regional Guest Conducting appearances, regular conductor of a regional orchestra.
Email: Dan Dominick


David Hagy

David Hagy is Music Director of the Salisbury (NC) Symphony and Orchestra Director at Wake Forest University. He has music directed many musical theater productions, served as the Music Director of four major youth orchestras, guest conducted a variety of orchestras, and has taught two semesters in Venice. A student of Thomas Briccetti and Otto-Werner Mueller, he has a doctorate from Yale University.

Email: David Hagy

Stephen Heyde

Stephen Heyde, Professor of Orchestral Studies and Conductor-in-Residence at Baylor University (Waco, Texas); Conductor of the Waco Symphony. Extensive All-State and Region/District and Festival Guest Conductor appearances nationwide and in Europe. Member of the ensemble jury for the 55th European Music Festival for Young People (Neerpelt, Belgium April, 2007).

Email: Stephen Heyde

David JacobsDavid  Jacobs

David Jacobs is the Director of Orchestras at the University of Oregon and Music Director of the Eugene-Springfield Youth Symphony.  He has extensive experience conducting high-school musicians and has guest conducted student and professional orchestras throughout North America and Europe.  Recent engagements include the Eastman School Symphony Orchestra, University of British Columbia, St. Petersburg (Russia) State Symphony, Padardjik Symphony, and Palm Beach Symphony.  
Email: David Jacobs

Alexander Jiménez

Alexander Jiménez, Director of Orchestral Activities, Florida State University College of Music; Music Director, Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestras. Frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States. Active as an adjudicator nationally and serves to certify new adjudicators for the Florida Orchestra Association.

Email: Alexander Jiménez

Kory Katseanes

Kory Katseanes, Director of Orchestras, BYU School of Music(Provo, UT). Frequent guest conductor and clinician for All-State festivals nationwide, and regional/state orchestra competitions and workshops.

Email: Kory Katseanes


Jaemi Loeb

Jaemi Blair Loeb is Director of Instrumental Ensembles at Centre College, in Danville, KY where she conducts the Centre College Orchestra and Centre College Wind Ensemble. She excels at creating an exciting and collaborative environment in rehearsals and performances, bringing out new levels of both technical precision and emotional depth from ensembles she works with. Her guest conducting experiences range from youth to professional orchestras and she is available for a wide variety of projects.

Email:; Phone: 859-238-5446

Matthew Mailman

Matthew Mailman, Professor of Conducting, Bass School of Music, Oklahoma City University. Music Director, Oklahoma Opera and Music Theater Company.  Conductor, Oklahoma Youth Orchestras.  Conductor in Residence at Opera in the Ozarks 2007 and 2008.  Extensive experience conducting regional/district ensembles nationwide and as an adjudicator and clinician.  Dr. Mailman has earned degrees from Northwestern University and the University of North Texas.


Robert McCashin

Robert McCashin, DMA, Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at James Madison University; substantial experience as a conductor for regional professional orchestras and All-State events. Published writer/arranger with FJH Music Co., including the new string method, "New Directions for Strings,” (Vols I & II). Founding President of the College Orchestra Directors Association.

Email: Robert McCashin

Jon Mitchell

Jon Mitchell, Professor of Music and Conductor, University of Massachusetts Boston Chamber Orchestra and the Boston Neo-politan Chamber Orchestra. Also Coordinator of the university’s Music Education program. Numerous guest conducting appearances throughout North America and Europe. Over fifty publications, including books on Holst, Vaughan Williams, and Beethoven, as well as professional CD’s on the Centaur Records label. Editor of the CODA Journal.

Email: Jon Mitchell

Kirk Moss

Kirk Moss, Ph.D., Music Department Chair and Associate Professor at University of Northwestern – St. Paul. He is a past national president of the American String Teachers Association and has appeared as a guest conductor, clinician, or adjudicator in more than thirty-five states.

Email: Kirk Moss

Dwight Oltman

Dwight Oltman, Music Director of Symphony Orchestra and Bach Festival at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music (39 years).  Music Director of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra (20 years), Cleveland Ballet (24 years), and Ballet San Jose (12 years).  Conducting engagements coast to coast in America, in Canada, in Europe, and in China.  Special interest in conducting workshops and masterclasses based on study with Monteux and Rudolf.



Jean (Rudy) Perrault

Performer, composer and conductor. Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth and Director of Orchestras. Professor of violin/viola, conducting and string techniques. Extensive experience throughout the US and the world, as clinician, guest conductor and adjudicator.

Email: Rudy Perrault

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Christopher Stanichar

Christopher Stanichar is Director of Orchestras at Augustana and Director of the Youth Orchestras for South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSYO), dedicated to making classical music alive and relevant for talented young people. He is a popular guest conductor, having conducted some of the finest professional orchestras in Europe, Russia, Mexico, and the United States.   He is also a popular clinician, and has led several all-district, all-state, and festival orchestras.

Email: Christopher Stanichar

Jim Waddelow

Jim Waddelow, Director of Instrumental Activities at Meredith College (Raleigh, North Carolina). Active adjudicator experienced with honor and festival orchestras, former conductor of Lubbock Youth Symphony and Oklahoma Youth Symphony.

Email: Jim Waddelow



Carolyn Watson

Winner of the 2015 American Prize in Orchestral Performance and Runner-up for the American Prize in Conducting, Australian conductor Carolyn Watson is Director of Orchestral Studies at Texas State University. From 2013-15 she held the position of Conductor of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, having also conducted the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra. A Fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival, Carolyn was a major prizewinner at the 2012 Emmerich Kálmán International Operetta Conducting Competition in Budapest. Dr. Watson holds a PhD in Performance (Conducting) from the University of Sydney where the subject of her doctoral thesis was Gesture as Communication: The Art of Carlos Kleiber.

Email Carolyn

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