Obituary: Conductor Michael Jinbo, 65

Posted on: April 21, 2022

“Michael Ken Jinbo, 65, passed away on April 18, 2022, at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta, as the result of a brain aneurysm,” reads an unsigned obituary in Wednesday’s (4/20) Bangor Daily News (ME). Jinbo was the longtime music director of Maine’s Pierre Monteux School and Pennsylvania’s Nittany Valley Symphony. “He was born … in Honolulu, Hawaii [and] educated in the public schools of Honolulu … studying the violin and performing with the Hawaii Youth Orchestra…. Michael attended the University of Chicago, where he received his undergraduate degree in music. He then received his master’s degree in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University. Beginning in the summer of 1983, Michael attended Pierre Monteux School for Orchestral Conductors and Musicians in Hancock, Maine…. In 1995, Michael was appointed music director, a position he held until his death. Michael was also conductor and music director of the Nittany Valley Symphony in State College, Pennsylvania for over thirty years, another position he held until his death…. Michael was married twice, first to his wife, Anna Lysakowski of Chicago, and then to his husband Joseph Klapatch of Augusta; both survive. Michael is survived by his mother; brother… and sister…. Memorial services will be held … at a later date in Hancock, Maine and State College, Pennsylvania.”