Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellowship

Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellowship

Implemented in 2013, the Project Inclusion Conducting Freeman Fellowship fosters the development of 4-6 conductors of diverse backgrounds who are on the verge of professional careers. The conducting fellows have the opportunity to work closely with CS Music Director Mei-Ann Chen and other experienced conductors, and industry professionals.


  • Intensive and extensive training, mentoring and conducting activities over a ten-month period.
  • Coaching of on and off-the-podium topics to develop the 21st century conductor.
  • Development of basic orchestra management skills, including but not limited to marketing, programming, fundraising and finance.
  • Opportunities to conduct live ensembles through partnerships with leading Chicago classical music organizations and educational institutions.

2016/17 PIC Freeman Fellows

About Kedrick

Kedrick Armstrong

About Tal

Tal Samuel

About Jonathan

Jonathan Rush,

2017/18 Assistant Conductor

About Kellen

Kellen Gray

CS Alumni

About Kalena

Kalena Bovell

About Roderick

Roderick Cox
Minnesota Orchestra

About Alejandro

Alejandro Gómez Guillén
Fort Worth Symphony

About Roger

Roger Kalia
Pacific Symphony

About Sameer

Sameer Patel
San Diego Symphony

About Deanna

Deanna Tham
Jacksonville Symphony