BENJAMIN MANIS has been appointed associate conductor of the Utah Symphony, beginning in the 2022-23 season. Manis succeeds Conner Gray Covington, who completed his four-year tenure as associate conductor at the end of the 2020-21 season. Manis will lead many of the Utah Symphony’s education performances for elementary and secondary school students; Deer Valley Music Festival, Film Series, and Family concerts; and will serve as cover conductor for the orchestra’s Masterworks Series, among other artistic responsibilities. He has been resident conductor since 2019 at Houston Grand Opera. A graduate of the Colburn School and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, Manis spent three years at the Aspen Conducting Academy and returned as assistant conductor, leading two programs with the Aspen Chamber Symphony. Manis was winner of the 2019 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award as well as the Richard S. Weinert Award from Concert Artists Guild, and has served as cover conductor for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas Symphony.