Brent Chancellor is Music Director of the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra, Founding Music Director of LUX, and Interim Music Director of the Montclair State University Opera Orchestra.
He also serves as a cover conductor with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor with the New Jersey Festival Orchestra and Conductor with the prestigious International Vocal Arts Institute. Previous positions include Conducting Assistant with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor to Stéphane Denève, Martin West and Joel Revzenat Festival Napa Valley, and Cover Conductor for concerts featuring André Watts, Leon Fleisher, Robert Levin, Seong-Jin Cho, Angel Blue and Lester Lynch.
In opera, Brent has collaborated with many musicians and young artists from The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, La Scala and Lyric Opera of Chicago including Maya Lahyani, Jessica Cambio, Natalie Aroyan and Todd Thomas, and stage directors Marc Verzatt, Dietlinde Turban Maazel, Ira Siff and Lawrence Edelson.
From 2008-2012, Brent served as Assistant Conductor to Paul Nadler on numerous opera productions, as well as concerts with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and l'Orchestre de la Francophonie. Among his credits are Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Don Giovanni, La Bohème, Die Zauberflöte, Suor Angelica, Les Nozze di Figaro, L’enfant et les sortilèges, Cendrillon, Tamerlano and The Rape of Lucretia.
A devoted music educator, in 2016 Brent founded LUX, an orchestra dedicated to creating opportunities for young people to access and connect with symphonic music. Acclaimed performances have included Grammy Award-winning violinist and member of Snarky Puppy, Zach Brock, and fully immersive multi-media concerts in unconventional settings. A partner orchestra with Carnegie Hall Link Up, LUX provides in-school concerts with the South Orange Performing Arts Center as part of a district-wide orchestra initiative.
Brent studied conducting with Paul Nadler and Ken Lam,and holds degrees in composition, piano and conducting. He attended the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen, California State University Sacramento and the John J. Cali School of Music. He has worked with many celebrated musicians in workshops, festivals and coachings, including conductors Cristian Măcelaru, Riccardo Muti, Markand Thakar, Johannes Schlaefli and Ken Kiesler, composers George Crumb, Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros and Aaron J. Kernis, and opera coaches Joan Dornemann, Gerald Martin Moore, Benton Hessand Sherrill Milnes. Brent is on faculty at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University.
The Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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