Blair Skinner, Music Director & Conductor
Described by the Baltimore Sun as a “remarkably fluid and expressive” conductor, Blair Skinner, now in his third season with the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, has expanded the orchestra, both physically and musically, adding musicians to nearly all sections of the orchestra and planning another challenging season of repertoire. In addition to his duties with the MSO, he is the Associate Conductor of the Great Noise Ensemble and Director of Music at Church of the Holy Comforter in Lutherville, MD, where he curates the concert series, Live on Seminary. Blair previously served as conductor for the Hopkins Concert Orchestra, the Resident Conductor of the Prince George’s Philharmonic and Baltimore’s Figaro Project, cover conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera Baltimore, Washington Opera Society, Chicago Philharmonic, Bay Atlantic Symphony, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted performances with the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON), Peninsula Music Festival, Chicago Chamber, Northwestern University Symphony, Peabody Symphony, and Wheaton College Symphony Orchestras, as well as Ensemble Dal Niente (Chicago, IL), Third Practice (Washinton, D.C.), Peabody Chamber Opera, Repertory Opera Theater of Washington, and Opera AACC (Arnold, MD). He studied conducting with Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University, and with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar at the Peabody Conservatory.