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. Currently the Music Director for the Towson University Orchestra, Mills was the Founding Music Director of the Divertimento Chamber Orchestra in Walla Walla, Washington. He spent the summer of 2012 as a conducting fellow at the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, and in 2011 he was the winner of the International Conductor’s Workshop and Competition in Macon, Georgia. He made his professional debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in July 2011.
As a multifaceted conductor, Mills’ 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—including Sketch for Orchestra by composer Fang Man at the Cabrillo Festival in California—and has conducted for recording sessions of many new works with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra and the American Academy of Conducting Orchestra at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Mills has participated in the Cabrillo Festival, Rose City International Conductors Workshop and Buffalo Philharmonic Conductors Guild Workshop, and has worked with Alsop, Robert Spano, Edward Polochick, and Matthew Savery.
Mills graduated cum laude from Whitman College, where he studied conducting with Robert Bode. Under the guidance of Alsop and Gustav Meier, he received his Graduate Performance Diploma and Artist Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.