KALENA BOVELL has been named assistant conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. At the Memphis Symphony in 2016, Bovell had assisted then-Music Director Mei-Ann Chen for a masterworks concert. This year, Bovell assisted Gemma New, resident conductor of the St. Louis. Bovell has held conducting fellowships with Pennsylvania’s Allentown Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta, becoming Sinfonietta’s assistant conductor for the 2016-17 season. She has worked with Connecticut’s Hartford and New Britain symphonies, and concludes her music directorship of the Civic Orchestra in New Haven this season. Bovell was orchestra director at the Loomis Chaffee School for four years in Windsor, Connecticut. In California, she was assistant conductor of the Orange County Youth Symphony Orchestra and a strings coach for the Prelude Youth Orchestras. Bovell earned a bachelor of music in music education from Chapman University’s College of the Performing Arts. She received a master of music degree and graduate professional diploma in instrumental conducting from the Hartt School in Connecticut. Bovell received a grant from the National Alliance for Audition Support, a program of the Sphinx Organization, the New World Symphony, and the League of American Orchestras with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Posted June 12, 2019