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Associate Conductor, Utah Symphony / Principal Conductor, Deer Valley® Music Festival

Conner Gray Covington

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Currently in his Fourth season as Associate Conductor with the Utah Symphony, Conner Gray Covington also serves as the Principal Conductor of the Deer Valley® Music Festival, the summer home of the Utah Symphony. Last season, Covington conducted two subscription programs with the Utah Symphony and made his subscription debut by stepping in on short notice for a program of Andrew Norman and Gershwin. During his tenure in Utah so far, Covington has already conducted nearly 250 performances of classical, education, film, pops, and family concerts as well as tours throughout the state. Previously, he was a Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he worked closely with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, with whom he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2016, and the Curtis Opera Theater while also being mentored by Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. A four-time recipient of a Career Assistance Award from the Solti Foundation U.S., Covington was a featured conductor in the 2016 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview presented by the League of American Orchestras.

Highlights of recent seasons include appearances with the symphonies of St. Louis, Utah, Kansas City, Nashville, Virginia, Portland (ME), Monterey (CA), and the Oregon Mozart Players. In the 2020-2021 season, Covington will make debuts with the Reno Chamber Orchestra and the Omaha Symphony. He has served as a cover conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and The Florentine Opera Company (Milwaukee, WI).

Born in Louisiana, Covington grew up in East Tennessee and began playing the violin at age 11. He went on to study violin with Dr. Martha Walvoord and conducting with Dr. Clifton Evans at the University of Texas at Arlington where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in violin performance. He continued his studies with Neil Varon at the Eastman School of Music where he earned a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting and was awarded the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize.


Conner Gary Covington, quien está en su cuarta temporada como Director Asociado con la Utah Symphony, también sirve como el Director Principal del Deer Valley® Music Festival, la casa de verano de la Utah Symphony. La temporada pasada, Convington dirigió dos programas de suscripción con la Utah Symphony y realizó su debut de suscripción al encargarse con poca antelación de un programa de Andrew Norman y Gershwin. Durante su tiempo en Utah hasta ahora, Covington ya ha dirigido casi 250 funciones de conciertos clásicos, educativos, cinematográficos, populares y familiares al igual que giras a través del estado. Anteriormente él fue un Director Condiscípulo en el Curtis Institute of Music en Filadelfia donde trabajó estrechamente con la Curtis Symphony Orchestra, con quien hizo su debut en Carnegie Hall en 2016, y en el Curtis Opera Theater bajo la orientación del Director Musical de la Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Covington, quien ha ganado el premio Career Assistance Award cuatro veces por parte de la Solti Foundation U.S., fue un director destacado en el avance Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview en 2016 presentado por la League of American Orchestras.

Los puntos destacados de las temporadas recientes incluyen apariciones con las sinfonías de St. Louis, Utah, Kansas City, Nashville, Virginia, Portland (ME), Monterey (CA) y los Oregon Mozart Players. En la temporada 2020-2021, Covington llevará a cabo debuts con la Reno Chamber Orchestra y la Omaha Symphony. Él ha sido conductor suplente para la Philadelphia Orchestra, la Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, San Diego Symphony y The Florentine Opera Company (Milwaukee, WI).

Covington nació en Luisiana y creció en el este de Tennessee, y comenzó a tocar el violín a los 11 años. Él continuó su estudio de violín con la Dra. Martha Walvoord y la dirección con el Dr. Clifton Evans en la University of Texas at Arlington donde se graduó con honores con un título en interpretación del violín. Continuó sus estudios con Neil Varon en la Eastman School of Music donde recibió una Maestría de Música en dirección de orquesta y recibió el premio de Walter Hagen Conducting Prize.