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The Cognitive Conductor

Dr. Dale Lonis conducts orchestras, wind ensembles, and new music ensembles across six continents on a yearly basis. He is noted for his passionate interpretation and dedication to the composer's intent. At 25 years of age Dr. Lonis joined the conducting faculty at Northwestern University and also immediately began an international conducting and teaching career working in Israel, South America, Europe and Canada. He then pursued a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Music working with famed music philosophers Charles Leonhard and Bennett Reimer. His work with world-renowned educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom informed his own research in profound ways. He combined these two worlds and synthesized the work to create his own highly successful philosophy of interpreting the musical score, understanding human learning and coalescing these notions for passionate and evocative performances.


Dr. Lonis later entered the field of professional symphony orchestra management where for ten years he managed the business aspects and led Executive Boards of professional symphony orchestras. His work included artistic planning and repertoire selection for chamber performances, symphony orchestra, pops orchestra, and new music festivals. In addition, he negotiated contracts for players, solo artists, and conductors. Throughout his career he has observed hundreds of hours of rehearsals with the very finest professional conductors, among them Zubin Mehta, Sir Simon Rattle, Claudio Abbado, Kurt Masur, Bramwell Tovey, Gustavo Dudamel, Victor Yampolsky, and Thomas Wiesnewski . He also observed these icons work with the world’s best solo artists.  All of these experiences inform what he brings to his conducting studio and allow him to tailor his teaching to the learning styles and needs of each of his conducting students.

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