We welcome our new artistic leadership in our 2017-18 season!
|In addition to his appointment as Music Director of the Fox Valley Orchestra in Aurora, Illinois, Brian Groner is the Music Director of the Fox Valley Symphony in Wisconsin, Artistic Director of the Midwest Mozart Festival, and is also the Conductor of the Symphony Session at the Birch Creek Music Center in Door County, Wisconsin. As a guest conductor he has appeared on the podium for many notable ensembles including the The Shenzhen Symphony (China), The San Diego Symphony, The Czech National Symphony Orchestra (Prague) and the International Contemporary Ensemble. He has conducted for The Moscow Classical Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Chicago, The Nashville Ballet, The Butler Ballet, and The Blair Ballet. He also served as cover conductor on the farewell tour of the late Rudolf Nureyev.
Maestro Groner holds an advanced degree in conducting from Northern Illinois University in collaboration with Northwestern University. His concerts for National Public Radio have been broadcast via satellite in over 50 major radio markets across the nation. He has also conducted the world premieres of over twenty substantial new American compositions.
Dr. Lisa Fredenburgh is Director of Choral Activities at Aurora University in Aurora, IL. She received her BA in music education at Luther College where she studied under Weston Noble. She holds two M.M. degrees and a D.M.A. from the University of Arizona where she studied under Maurice Skones, Thomas Hilbish, Jerry McCoy and Kenneth Jennings. She has held previous conducting posts at University of Central Missouri, Meredith College in Raleigh, NC and with the Opera Company of North Carolina.
Dr. Fredenburgh often serves as guest conductor and clinician locally, nationally, and abroad. She has conducted multiple All-State Choirs in states including Georgia, New York, Arkansas, and North Carolina. She has conducted and taught master classes in the Dominican Republic and in Bolivia. She is a frequent presenter at national, regional and state level professional organizations in the fields of Women’s Choral Music, and the Music of Latin America. She formerly served as National Chair for the Women’s Choir Repertoire & Standards Committee, for the American Choral Directors Association and served on the steering committee for the 50th Anniversary National Convention in 2009. In addition to American Choral Directors Association, she is a member of CMS, and Chorus America.
Principal Guest Conductor
Stephen Squires is Professor of Conducting in the Music Conservatory at Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University. At CCPA, Mr. Squires conducts the Wind Ensemble. As a professional conductor, Mr. Squires has worked with many exceptional artists, including Janos Starker, Pinchas Zukerman, Shmuel Ashkenasi, John Browning, Leon Bates, Ani Kavafian, Wendy Warner, James Tocco, Richard Stoltzman, and most of the principal players of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera Orchestra.
Mr. Squires received his musical training at the Preparatory School of the Eastman School of Music and the Crane School of Music, in his home state of New York. He earned his Master's degree in Instrumental Conducting/Trumpet Performance at California State University, Northridge. He continued conducting study in seminars with Helmuth Rilling, Maurice Abravanel, Daniel Lewis, Tsung Yeh, and the Aspen School.
A conductor active in orchestral, wind, operatic and ballet music, Mr. Squires' current professional appointments include Associate Conductor of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra (Rockford, IL), Principal Guest Conductor of the Millar Brass (Evanston, IL), and Conductor of the Salt Creek Ballet Orchestra (Hinsdale, IL). He recently made his debut conducting the Syracuse Symphony. He is the former Music Director of the Illinois Chamber Symphony. In addition, Mr. Squires is an accomplished recital accompanist and freelance trumpeter. He joined the faculty of CCPA in 2001.