Philadelphia Orchestra bassist Joseph Conyers adds post as director of Young Artists Orchestra program at Boston University

Posted on: August 3, 2021

“Listen to Joseph Conyers talk about his time as a student at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute and you’ll want to sign up yourself,” writes Joel Brown on Thursday (7/30) at Boston University’s website. “ ‘It was a magical summer … that forever changed my life, for all kinds of reasons,’ says Conyers (BUTI’98), acting associate principal bass in the Philadelphia Orchestra. ‘It introduced me to the Boston Symphony [Orchestra]…. That was transformative. And the friends I met there, they’re some of my dearest friends to this day.’ … Now Conyers has signed on as director of BUTI’s Young Artists Orchestra, a central component of the renowned summer training program for gifted young musicians in Lenox, Mass. He will begin the newly created position this fall…. He returned to the institute as a visiting artist in 2018…. That visiting artist stint turned out to be the start of a deepening reengagement with BUTI…. The response to Conyers’ 2018 residency, [BUTI executive director Hilary] Respass says, was ‘striking…. It just became a natural invitation to ask him to take a bigger role.’ In his director role, Conyers will help shape the Young Artists Orchestra program year-round.”