Conductor Benjamin Manis will join the Utah Symphony as Associate Conductor in September, 2022, where he will conduct a tour of Utah and concerts in and around Salt Lake. Mr. Manis is currently in his third season as Resident Conductor of the Houston Grand Opera, and returns to Houston to conduct Tosca and El Milagro del Recuerdo in the 22-23 season. He made his HGO debut with Verdi’s Rigoletto, and this season conducts Carmen, Romeo et Juliette, and The Snowy Day. Mr. Manis was winner of the 2019 Solti Foundation US Career Assistance Award, as well as the Richard S. Weinert Award from Concert Artists Guild. He has served as cover conductor for the St. Louis, Dallas, and National Symphonies, working with conductors David Robertson, Stéphane Denève, and Gianandrea Noseda. After three years in the Aspen Conducting Academy, Mr. Manis returned to Aspen in the summer of 2021 as Assistant Conductor, where he conducted two programs with the Aspen Chamber Symphony. Mr. Manis studied cello and conducting at the Colburn School, and in 2019 he completed his Master of Music degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.