Festival Band Conductor 2019 – Dr. John P. Lynch
John Lynch is a leading international wind band conductor. He is the Director of Bands and Wind Symphony Conductor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he has created the first graduate degrees in wind conducting in Australian history. He was previously Director of Bands and Professor of Music at the University of Georgia and the University of Kansas. Other positions include those at Northwestern University and Emory University. He has served as Artistic Director of the Verbrugghen Ensemble (professional ensemble-in residence at the Sydney Con), the Northshore Concert Band, the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, and the Greater New York Wind Symphony (founder). He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia including the national conferences of the College Band Directors National Association, American Bandmasters Association, NAFME, Australian National Band and Orchestra Conference, the Midwest Clinic and Interlochen, as well as invited tours of China, Argentina, and Europe. Lynch has three professional recordings on the Naxos label including the premiere in the Wind Band Classics Series, and one on the Klavier label. He is a published composer through C. Alan Music and Maestro and Fox. Awards include The American Prize, the national Stanbury Award for outstanding conducting and teaching, New York’s Big Apple Corps National Leadership in the Arts award, The University of Georgia Creative Research Medal, a Northwestern University Searle Fellow for Teaching Excellence, and elected membership in the American Bandmasters Association and Phi Beta Mu international band honor fraternity. Lynch is a passionate advocate for new music and has commissioned, recorded, and premiered works from around the globe by both today’s leading composers and those new to writing for the wind band medium. He holds degrees from Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.