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Biography

Young American conductor Lee Mills is rapidly becoming recognized as a passionate and energetic musician. At the invitation of Marin Alsop, he became the third recipient of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship. Mills is currently the Music Director for the Towson University Orchestra, and was the Founding Music Director of the Divertimento Chamber Orchestra in Walla Walla, Washington. In 2011, Mills was the winner of the International Conductor’s Workshop and Competition in Macon, Georgia, and in July of that year, he made his professional debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.


As a multifaceted conductor, Mills’s engagements have included the Moscow Ballet, Towson University Opera, Peabody Opera Theatre, and the Whitman College Opera. He has conducted multiple concerts with the Peabody Singers, and has conducted the Whitman College Chorale and Chamber Singers in concerts internationally. 


An eager performer of new music, Mills has commissioned and premiered several new works. Mills premiered Sketch for Orchestra by composer Fang Man at the Cabrillo Festival in California, and has conducted for recording sessions of many brand-new works with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra.


Mills was a conducting fellow at the 2012 Aspen Music Festival and School, and has participated in the Cabrillo Festival, Rose City International Conductors Workshop and Buffalo Philharmonic Conductors Guild Workshop and has studied under Marin Alsop, Gustav Meier, Robert Spano, Edward Polochick, and Matthew Savery. In Europe, Mills has conducted the „Sinfonia Buchuresti” in Romania. He also conducted the Whitman College Chorale on their European Tour throughout Finland and Estonia. 


Mills graduated cum laude from Whitman College, where he studied conducting with Robert Bode. Under the guidance of Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier, Mills received his Graduate Performance Diploma and Artist Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

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