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Senior Music Major Awarded Conducting Fellowship with Allentown Symphony Orchestra

Senior Music Major Awarded Conducting Fellowship with Allentown Symphony OrchestraOct. 17, 2017

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Tyler Readinger, Birdsboro, Pa., a senior music major at Kutztown University, has been awarded a conducting fellowship with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.

The Conducting Fellows Program supports the opportunity for promising conductors to hone their craft and enrich their musical experience through mentorship and participation in the Allentown Symphony Association's orchestral and community programs.

The Conducting Fellows travel to the Lehigh Valley to work side by side with Allentown Symphony Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry, in advance of and during the production of a Classical Series Concert. Along the way, they learn intricacies involved in assembling and leading a regional symphony.

Fellows also meet with Association staff in order to learn the range of activities necessary to operate a symphony orchestra. Their visit includes a stop at the exemplary community-based program, El Sistema Lehigh Valley.

Readinger is the assistant conductor of the Reading Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor of the Kutztown University Chamber Players. He began conducting in high school and has since been invited to conduct throughout the community, regionally and nationally.

Currently a student of Dr. Peter Isaacson at Kutztown University, he has also studied with Christian Capocaccia, Georgios Vranos, Gavriel Heine, Willis Rapp and others. He has been invited to guest conduct groups such as the Reading Pops Orchestra and the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic.

Readinger was a fellow of the Conductors Institute of South Carolina, where he worked with conductors Donald Portoy, Jorge Mester, Peter Jaffe, and Victoria Bond. He was also a participant in Diane Wittry's Beyond the Baton conducting seminar, and has been invited to numerous other conducting institutions. He has collaborated with world class artists such as NYC Ballet concertmaster Kurt Nikkanen, pianist Maria Asteriadou, flautist Susanna Loewy, as well as students from The Curtis Institute, The Manhattan School of Music and Kutztown University.

As a clarinetist, he performs regularly as an ensemble, chamber and solo musician regionally, nationally, and internationally. He has appeared with the Reading Pops Orchestra, Penn Symphony Orchestra, Northern Lights Festival Orchestra, and in festivals across the country. A current student of Dr. Soo Goh, he has performed in master classes for Mark Nuccio, Kevin Schempf, and Michele Gingras to name a few, and studied briefly with Miltos Mumulides, Rie Suzuki and Julie Beth Drey.

For more information on the Fellows Program visit http://www.millersymphonyhall.org/symphony/about/conducting-fellows/