Deanna Tham, 16/17 Chicago Sinfonietta Assistant Conductor 

Deanna Tham is the newly appointed Music Director of the Louisville Youth Orchestra. She was previously the Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. She has additionally conducted the Boise Philharmonic and Ballet Idaho, and Opera Idaho. Tham most recently worked with renowned conductors Marin Alsop and James Ross at the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival. Tham has served as the cover conductor for the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, where she also received a Professional Studies Certificate from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Orchestral Conducting studying with Maestro Carl Topilow. She has had her work with the National Music Festival and Maestro Richard Rosenberg featured on National Public Radio as well as American Public Media working with some of the top professional musicians and teachers from around the world.

Previously, Tham was the Music Director of the American Chamber Orchestra. Her work with the company includes a groundbreaking semi-staged version of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, staged in English. During her time with the company, she worked with many talented musicians, including those who sing with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Tham received her Master of Music degree in conducting with honors from Northwestern University studying with Dr. Mallory Thompson.