Chicago Youth Symphony co-principal bass and conducting fellow makes podium debut

Posted on: May 31, 2019

“St. Charles East High School senior Alex Carroll admitted that he was somewhat nervous before stepping onto the conductor podium at Orchestra Hall in Chicago,” writes Eric Schelkopf in Wednesday’s (5/29) Kane County Chronicle (Illinois). “He used that nervousness to his advantage in making his conducting debut. On May 19, Carroll led the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras’ world-renowned Symphony Orchestra through a performance of Aaron Copland’s ‘Hoe-Down’ from the 1942 ballet ‘Rodeo.’ … Carroll was the recipient of CYSO’s 2018 Doug and Sharon Carroll Conducting Fellowship (no relation). He was chosen as conducting fellow by CYSO Music Director Allen Tinkham … Throughout the season, he met with Tinkham to complete an independent study curriculum focused on developing his skill as a conductor…. Carroll, who is graduating … on June 2, plans to attend Northwestern University for a degree in double bass performance…. ‘The thing I really love about this instrument is that I’m not limited to any genre…. I play a lot of jazz as well,’ said Carroll [who is] co-principal bassist in CYSO’s top ensemble, Symphony Orchestra…. After getting a taste of conducting, he … said, ‘This is something that I would love to pursue.’ ”

Posted May 31, 2019