JoAnn Falletta is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Brevard Music Center where she conducts at least two programs each season. Appointed to the post in 2011, her contract was recently extended through the 2015 season.
JoAnn has opened the season for Brevard for each of the past two years, and is delighted with the excellence of the program and the students. She also greatly enjoys spending parts of the summer in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, a setting that she finds to be a great inspiration for teaching and enjoying music.
Classical Voice North Carolina acclaimed JoAnn’s 2012 opening concert with the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra and pianist Norman Krieger calling the performance “electrifying” noting JoAnn’s “emotional investment in the music and personal warmth were obvious to the observer and she is a master of stylistic differentials on many levels.”
JoAnn has mentored young musicians and conductors through programs at the League of American Orchestras and has guest conducted many of the top conservatory orchestras including Curtis, Juilliard and Mannes, and at Interlochen, Round Top and the Aspen Festival.
Upon her appointment, Keith Lockhart, BMC Artistic Director and Principal Conductor said “JoAnn Falletta is a major American musician. She is also a superb mentor to our students and a great friend to the Music Center”.
Situated on a wooded 180-acre campus in the North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the Brevard Music Center presents more than 80 concerts to the public each summer with a total audience reach of more than 30,000. Founded in 1936, the Music Center has matured into one of this country's premier summer training programs and festivals. More than 400 gifted students, ages 14 through post-college, come to the Music Center to study with members of a distinguished artist faculty and with renowned guest artists. For seven weeks, students participate in a vigorous program of instruction that includes ensembles, private lessons, and chamber music.
Watch JoAnn's June 24,2012 Brevard concert:
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 - Sunday, June 24, 2012