Internationally renowned pedagogue Markand Thakar is music director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. For 20 years co-director of Graduate Conducting (with Gustav Meier) at the Peabody Conservatory, Thakar has appeared as guest conductor with some 40 orchestras across North America. Maestro Thakar, a student of the legendary Sergiu Celibidache and former assistant conductor of the New York Philharmonic, is the author of On the Principles and Practice of Conducting (University of Rochester Press, 2016) Looking for the "Harp” Quartet: An Investigation into Musical Beauty (University of Rochester Press, 2011), as well as Counterpoint: Fundamentals of Music Making (Yale University Press, 1990).
Students of Maestro Thakar at Peabody have won significant conducting positions across North America and internationally, including music directorships with the Aachen (Germany), Winnipeg, Hartford, Charleston, Eugene, Lubbock, Muncie, Williamsport, Amarillo, Young Musician's Foundation, Mid-Atlantic, Sioux City, Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Washington-Idaho, and Grande Ronde Symphony Orchestras; staff conducting positions with the Metropolitan Opera and the orchestras of Philadelphia, New York, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, St. Louis, Seattle, Portland (OR), Richmond, Winnipeg, Buffalo, Phoenix, Charlotte, Kansas City, Canton, Portland (ME), Winston-Salem, and El Paso; as well as numerous collegiate positions.
Currently Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, Henry Fogel has enjoyed an extraordinary career in orchestral administration. During his 18-year tenure as President of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra the orchestra saw an eight-fold increase in its endowment, and dramatically strengthened its community engagement and educational programs, in additional maintaining its international reputation of exceptional artistry. Subsequently as President of the League of American Orchestras for six years, he shepherded that institution to a position financial stability with a vision for the future, all while visiting over 190 American orchestras. A long-time advocate for the development of young conductors, Mr. Fogel remains active as a consultant for orchestras around the world.