Conner Gray Covington
Conner Gray Covington begins his second season with the Utah Symphony as Associate Conductor. In his first season as Assistant Conductor, Covington conducted over 80 performances of classical, education, film, pops, and family concerts as well as tours throughout the state. Prior to his tenure in Utah, he was the Rita E. Hauser Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where he worked closely with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and the Curtis Opera Theater while also being mentored by Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Covington began his career as Assistant Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program.
Covington has also worked with the symphonies of St. Louis, Utah, Virginia, and Monterey (California) as a guest conductor and will make debuts with the Kansas City Symphony and the Portland (Maine) Symphony in the 2018-19 season. He has served as a cover conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, The Florentine Opera Company (Milwaukee, W.I.), and the Britt Festival Orchestra (Jacksonville, O.R.).
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 earned a Master of Music in orchestral conducting and was awarded the Walter Hagen Conducting Prize.