Jonathan T. Rush
Creative Director, Conductor
Emerging young conductor and Winner of the Respighi Prize in Conducting, Jonathan Rush brings passion, unique interpretation, and refreshing energy to the orchestral repertoire. Jonathan is known for bringing the music he conducts, to life, as he spends time with every detail in the score, and clearly communicates these details to those under his baton.
As a conductor, Jonathan has served as Music Director of the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra, a student-run ensemble on the campus of The Ohio State University. In 2017, Jonathan was named conducting fellow for the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, and In 2018, Jonathan was also named a Project Inclusion Conducting Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta. With the Chicago Sinfonietta, Jonathan works with music professionals and fellow conductors, to help encourage diversity in Orchestras across the United States.
As the winner of the Respighi Prize in Conducting at age 22, Jonathan made his professional orchestra debut with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, in the legendary Carnegie Hall.
Outside of classical music, Jonathan has a strong gospel music background. Jonathan currently serves as the Minister of Music and choir director at Ebenezer Temple UHCA in Hartford, CT, and serves as the Director of Music for the New England District of the United Holy Church of America (UHCA), where he oversees the music departments of 14 different churches.
Jonathan’s current teachers of conducting are Marin Alsop, Mei-Ann Chen, and Joseph Young. Jonathan received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting, at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.