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June 22, 2011

Lee Mills receives BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellowship

Montana-born, 24-year-old Lee Mills, will be the third recipient of the BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellowship, starting in September.

The fellowship, a unique project founded in 2007 by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Institute, provides a full tuition scholarship to Peabody and mentoring from BSO music director Marin Alsop.

Mills, who just received a graduate performance diploma from Peabody, will earn an artist diploma after the one-year fellowship.

The young conductor has done fine work in the area in collaboration with various Peabody ensembles, including Peabody Opera Theatre. He also managed to assemble the necessary forces on campus to conduct Beethoven's Ninth and other big works last season, no small feat. 

Mill will make his public BSO conducting debut during ...

Artscape on July 16, conducting works by Mozart and Vaughan Williams.

The conducting fellowship has previously showcased two young talents: Joseph Young, who was recently named resident conductor of the Phoenix Symphony; and Ilyich Rivas, whose international career was in full swing before he arrived at the BSO and continues to flourish.


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Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

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