John Covelli as Conductor
His musical successes span the worlds of orchestra, solo piano, chamber music, opera, ballet, musical theatre, recordings, arranging, and the multi-faceted realm of pops. In addition to collaborating extensively with world-renowned classical artists, he has performed with the gamut of superstars from Broadway, Hollywood, jazz rock, and folk music.
The Covelli conducting career began as a teenage protege in Pierre Monteux's elite Master Class. Monteux described his student as ".... an excellent conductor, a fine musician, an extremely talented pianist, and a gentleman" and later invited him to be a conducting assistant while the illustrious Maestro was director of the London Symphony Orchestra.
Performances touring Europe as youthful conductor/soloist of the acclaimed Seventh Army Symphony won unanimous praise from critics, and his selection as special Musical Ambassador in Europe for USIS was a unique distinction.
Following successes in Europe, he returned to the U.S. to become Music Director of the Brockton Symphony, conductor of the Wheaton Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Wheaton Trio. A dynamic interest in contemporary music won him a grant from the Rockefeller Fund for Music as a conductor specializing in American music. While performing regularly as a soloist, he held positions of conducting Assistant with the Saint Louis Symphony, Resident Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Associate Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony, and Music Director of the Flint Symphony and Flint Institute of Music.
During a two decade tenure as Music Director of the Binghamton Philharmonic he has simultaneously served as Prinicipal Conductor of the Glendale Symphony and Music Director of The Greater Palm Beach Symphony, all the while enjoying great popularity in a busy schedule of guest conducting throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Exciting performances conducted from the keyboard in a wide range of concertos add to his magnetism and popularity with both audiences and orchestras.
OPERA, BALLET, AND BROADWAY
In addition to the symphonic podium, Covelli's credits include chorus director of the Boston Opera, assistant conductor at the New York City Opera, Music Director of the Florentine Opera in Milwaukee, and guest conductor for the Rhode Island and Michigan Opera Companies.
He has also conducted the National, Harkness, Milwaukee, Flint, and Eglevsky Ballet Companies and collaborated in several Broadway productions.
COVELLI, THE BOSTON POPS, AND MORE POPS !!!!!
John Covelli added another dimension to his musical spectrum due to the popularity of his frequent appearances as guest conductor of the Boston Pops. Following an electrifying debut playing and conducting (Rhapsody in Blue) to cheering, standing ovations, he became a top contender to succeed Arthur Fiedler, and found himself in great demand as a classical pops conductor.
FULL SPECTRUM MAESTRO
Drawing on a wealth of performing experience, John Covelli enjoys a well-earned reputation for maintaining the highest standards of taste and elegant music-making as conductor and soloist - always energized by the dynamic excitement of his personality. Substantial, innovative and colorful programs for
Among many accolades and awards, Maestro Covelli hs received the Kennedy Center Alliance Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts.