2013:



  

ASCAP Awards for Adventuresome Programming and Best New 
Commission by a Young Composer (Sky Macklay), Lexington Symphony 

2012:


  

MetLife Award for Lexington Symphony, Presented by the
League of American Orchestras

2011: 



Commonwealth Award,
Massachusetts’ highest State
award in arts and culture

2009: 


Bruno Walter Conductor Preview,
League of American Orchestras

2007:


 

MetLife Award for Longwood Symphony, Presented by the
League of American Orchestras

2005: 



 

Partner In the Arts Award from Classical WCRB in recognition of his
contributions to the arts
community of Boston

1998:

 

Gabriel Award, WCRB Kids’ Classical
​Hour




“Having been in the business for 50 years I naturally take a great interest in other peoples’ work, and I wish to say that in attending orchestral rehearsals and performances conducted by Jonathan I was most impressed at his handling of orchestral players, at his rehearsal technique generally, at his knowledge of the music (which he had obviously prepared with great thoroughness) and at the high standard of his performances.”

—John Lanchbery, O.B.E., Music Director 
Royal Ballet Covent Garden
American Ballet Theater
Australian Ballet
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Other Engagements

  • Original Music Director: RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL’s Grand Night for the Irish with Irish tenor, Frank Patterson (1988 & 1989)
  • Educational Advocate: lectures on music, dance and theatre to a wide variety of organizations, including lectures to THE MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOCIETY (2004) on “Building Effective Teams,” NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY (2006 & 2007) on “Audience Development Strategies” and “Orchestra Management,” and YALE UNIVERSITY (2005) on ”Managing the Three Stresses in a Nonprofit;” also created the Boston Ballet/Young Audiences collaboration that takes music and dance to schools in and around Massachusetts.
  • Acoustical Society of America’s SABINE CENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM at MIT (1994): paper on Orchestra Pit Design/Architectural Acoustics
  • Panelist, Boston Audio Society (MIT) “Concert Hall Acoustics” (2004)
  • Panelist, Audio Engineering Society (NYC) “Concert Hall Acoustics” (2007)
  • Broadcasts: DANCE IN AMERICA (PBS) with AARHUS SYMPHONY (Denmark), DANISH RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (Denmark), NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (London)

AWARDS

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EDUCATION

Testimonial

—Liz Borg, Young Audiences of Massachusetts

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

“As a talented composer and conductor, articulate teacher and innovative collaborator, he is a rare find.”

In recent seasons McPhee has conducted many orchestras at home and abroad including London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The New York City Ballet, and regularly appears as guest conductor for the Houston Ballet.

Some of the world's most distinguished dance companies for which Mr. McPhee has served as conductor include The Royal Ballet (England), Martha Graham Dance Company, Houston Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The Australian Ballet, the New York City Ballet, Den Norske Ballet in Norway, and The Royal Danish Ballet in Denmark.  In addition to a broad repertoire in the field of dance, Mr. McPhee has conducted pops concerts, musical theatre and operetta. He has also conducted grand opera with Opera Boston, the American Opera Center in New York, and Boston University Opera Institute.

Mr. McPhee was invited to conduct the Nashville Symphony as one of the conductors featured in the 2009 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview by the League of American Orchestras. His collaboration with WCRB classical radio’s “Kids Classical Hour” earned a Gabriel Award in 1998. As Music Director for the Longwood Symphony Orchestra from 2005 to 2011, he garnered a Met-Life Award for Community Engagement in 2007 from the League of American Orchestras and the State of Massachusetts’ highest award in arts and culture, the Commonwealth Award, in 2011. As Music Director for Lexington Symphony, his Young People’s Program, “Orchestrating Kids Through Classics,” won the 2010 Music Advocate Award presented by the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) as well as a NEA Grant in 2013. Lexington Symphony and Mr. McPhee also received an 2012-2013 ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.

Biography

Jonathan McPhee is equally at home as a conductor for the symphony, ballet, and opera.  He is currently Music Director for the Lexington Symphony and maintains an active guest conducting schedule. Having recently completed his tenure of 28 years as Music Director for the Boston Ballet Orchestra, Mr. McPhee has also completed nearly a decade as Music Director for Symphony New Hampshire, having built that orchestra to become the  premiere orchestra serving the entire State.

—Martha Graham

“Jonathan has an energy and enthusiasm rarely matched by his peers in this field of endeavor.  He has demonstrated not only a great talent, but also a valuable sensitivity toward the work of the musicians, and the needs of the dancers.  Jonathan has a technical ability to handle difficult pieces, and is capable of eliciting commanding and rich performances from an orchestra.”

EXPERIENCE

Mr. McPhee's works as an arranger and composer are in the repertoires of orchestras and ballet companies around the world. His edition of Stravinsky's “Rite of Spring” is the only authorized reduced orchestration of this work. Mr. McPhee’s compositions and arrangements are published by Boosey & Hawkes, Inc. and Schott Music in Germany.

Mr. McPhee's best-selling recording of “The Nutcracker” with the Boston Ballet Orchestra has sold over 75,000 copies. He has also recorded Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty” and Prokofiev's “Romeo & Juliet” with that orchestra (available on iTunes), and Michael Gandolfi’s “Caution to the Wind” on the CRI CD label. Mr. McPhee conducted the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Aarhus Orchestra for the films of Martha Graham’s works telecast by DANCE IN AMERICA that included Samuel Barber’s “Cave of the Heart,” Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Errand into the Maze,” and Edgard Varese’ “Integrales,” “Offrandes,” and “Octandre.”Born in Philadelphia, Mr. McPhee received his L.R.A.M. from the Royal Academy of Music and University of London, and a B.M. and M.M. from The Juilliard School. While at Juilliard, Mr. McPhee was the recipient of a Naumburg Scholarship in Conducting and English Horn. He has studied with Leonard Brain, David Diamond, Thomas Stacy, Rudolf Kempe, Sixten Ehrling, and participated in master classes with Sir Georg Solti and James Levine while at Juilliard.

1999
FORD FOUNDATION
National Arts Stabilization Seminar 
on Strategic Leadership in a 
Changing Environment

1975—1979THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL, B.M.,M.M.
Naumberg Scholar for Conducting
and English Horn
Student of Sixten Ehrling,
Thomas Stacy, David Diamond

1971—1974ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC
UNIVERSITY OF LONDON, L.R.A.M, Student of Maurice Miles,
Leonard Brain, Rudolf Kempe


1978—1980



NEW JERSEY SYMPHONY
ORCHESTRA, Oboe/English Horn


1977—​1980


NATIONAL ORCHESTRA OF NEW YORK, Co-Principal Oboe


Current Positions
2023-2024         CAPE TOWN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA (SA)    Guest Conductor
2004-Present      LEXINGTON SYMPHONY (MA)                             Music Director
2022-Present      INDIANA UNIVERSITY                                       Guest Conductor
2022-Present      TOLEDO SYMPHONY (OHIO)                              Guest Conductor
2019-Present      ATLANTA BALLET                                              Guest Conductor

2016-Present      SARASOTA SYMPHONY / SARASOTA BALLET        Guest Conductor

Past Positions
2020-2023          BOSTON UNIVERSITY                                       Artist in Residence
1992-2023          HOUSTON BALLET                                            Guest Conductor
2017-2018          NEW YORK CITY BALLET                                   Guest Conductor
2018                   UKRAINE NATIONAL OPERA ORCHESTRA           Guest Conductor
1988-2017          BOSTON BALLET                                              Music Director
2008-2017          SYMPHONY NEW HAMPSHIRE                            Music Director
2012-2014          NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ORCHESTRA (Ottawa)  Conductor
2004-2011          LONGWOOD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA                 Music Director
2009                   HAMBURG PHILHARMONIC (Germany)               Guest Conductor
2002-2008           SYMPHONY BY THE SEA                                   Music Director
1992-2004           AUSTRALIAN BALLET                                       Conductor
2001-2002           BOSTON BALLET                                             Artistic Director, Interim
                              Planned season programs, managed Company 
                              budget of $20 million, cleared operating deficit,
                              increased subscriptions, reversed downward
                              trend in sales, ended season with $350,000
                              operating surplus

1993-1995          NORWEGIAN BALLET                                        Conductor
1981-1989          NEW YORK CITY BALLET                                   Conductor
1987-1989          NATIONAL BALLET OF CANADA                          Conductor
1982-1987          JOFFREY BALLET                                              Resident Conductor
                              Administered Joffrey Ballet Orchestra/New York

                              and Joffrey Ballet Orchestra /Los Angeles
1981-1983          DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM                            Conductor
1979-1989          MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY                  Resident Conductor


Guest Conductor
2010-2011          LANDMARKS ORCHESTRA (Boston, MA)
2007                  ORQUESTA SINFONICA de TENERIFE
2007                  LITHUANIAN NATIONAL ORCHESTRA
2005-2007          PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (ME)
2002                  OPERA BOSTON
1999-2000          SYMPHONY NOVA SCOTIA
1998                  ROYAL DANISH BALLET
1996                  BOSTON UNIVERSITY OPERA
1989-1990          BOSTON POPS
1987-1988          ORCHESTRA OF THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE  (London)
1987-1988          AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
1982                  THE JUILLIARD OPERA at Lincoln Center