Kalena Bovell is the newly-appointed Assistant Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra for the 2019-2020 season where she will conduct a large portion of Pops and Education Concerts.
Hailed as “one of the brightest stars in the world of classical music,” (Channel 3 News) Kalena Bovell was Music Director of the Civic Orchestra of New Haven for the 2018-2019 season. Under her direction, the Civic Orchestra expanded their visibility within the New Haven community, continuing their tradition of providing high quality and accessible music performances through innovative programming and community engagement. This past season Ms. Bovell also guest conducted the New Britain Symphony in their March “Dance for Joy” concert and returned to conduct two short operas by Dawn Sonntag for Hartford Opera Theater’s New in November.
Ms. Bovell held conducting fellowships with the Allentown Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta. Due to her success with Sinfonietta, Ms. Bovell became assistant conductor for the 2016-2017 season, making her professional debut as part of the MLK Tribute concerts in Chicago’s Symphony Center. That same year, Ms. Bovell was a finalist for Marin Alsop’s Taki Concordia Fellowship. In 2015 she was awarded 3rd place in the American Prize for the college/university division.
An active participant in workshops and festivals, Ms. Bovell has worked with Larry Rachleff, Donald Schleicher, Johannes Schlaefli, Diane Wittry, and Kenneth Kiesler. She received coaching’s from Michael Morgan, Rossen Milanov, Gerard Schwarz and Bill Eddins.
A dedicated educator, Ms. Bovell was the Orchestra Director at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT for four years. She received a Master of Music Degree and Graduate Professional Diploma in instrumental conducting from The Hartt School, where she was a student of Edward Cumming.