Kalena Bovell is Assistant Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. This season she conducted numerous Pops, Education, and Run-out concerts as well covered Maestro Robert Moody and guest conductors on Masterworks and Classic Accent concerts. She is also conductor of the Memphis Youth Symphony.
Considered “one of the brightest stars in the world of classical music,” (Channel 3 News) Bovell was Music Director of the Civic Orchestra of New Haven for the 2018-2019 season. During her tenure, she committed to deepening the artistic level of the orchestra while expanding its reach into the community. In 2018, Bovell conducted two short operas for Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November, and in 2019 she guest conducted the New Britain Symphony in a program of Dance Music.
Holding conducting fellowships with the Allentown Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta, Bovell became assistant conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta for the 2016-2017 season. She made her professional debut during the MLK Tribute concerts in Chicago’s Symphony Center. That same year, Bovell was a finalist for Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Fellowship.
Bovell was the Orchestra Director at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. She holds a Master’s Degree and Graduate Professional Diploma in instrumental conducting from The Hartt School, where she studied with Edward Cumming.