Gregory Hughes, Artistic Director
Gregory Hughes is the founding Artistic Director and principal conductor of Chicago’s Lakeview Orchestra, and was named the 2016 Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. Mr. Hughes has been described by the late Andrew Patner of 98.7 WFMT as a “phenomenal young conductor” and Lawrence A. Johnson of Chicago Classical Review praised his conducting as “surprisingly strong and compelling.” He has collaborated with world-class artists including Rachel Barton Pine, David Schrader, and Irina Feoktistova.
Mr. Hughes founded Lakeview Orchestra in January of 2013 and rapidly established the ensemble as one of the leading volunteer orchestras in the City of Chicago. In 2016 Lakeview Orchestra garnered an unprecedented three awards in a single year from the Illinois Council of Orchestras, including the prestigious Orchestra of the Year award. Under his leadership the orchestra performed the Chicago premiere of Carl Nielsen’s opera Maskarade with the VOX3 Collective, and commissioned and premiered choreography for Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 in partnership with Ballet Chicago.
Mr. Hughes was educated at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. He has also studied with Paul Vermel, Samuel Jones and Donald Portnoy at the Conductors Institute of South Carolina, and with Kirk Trevor at the International Conducting Institute.
Josh Mather, Assistant Conductor
Mr. Mather has been teaching instrumental music in public and private schools since 2003 after receiving his undergraduate degrees in music education and trumpet performance from the University of Northern Colorado. While at UNC he studied conducting with Dr. Richard Mayne in addition to his trumpet studies with Mr. Bill Pfund. In 2006, Mr. Mather accepted a scholarship and teaching assitantship to study trumpet and music education at Colorado State University. While at CSU he studied conducting with the music director of the Fort Collins Symphony, Mr. Wes Kenney and trumpet with Daniel Kuehn of the Colorado Symphony.
Mr. Mather relocated to Chicago in 2009 and accepted an instrumental music position at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School. While at BZAEDS, he helped to grow a thriving band program as well as start a new guitar program. Mr. Mather was very honored to accept the position as assistant conductor for the orchestra in 2010 and is excited to be the founding assistant conductor for the Lakeview Orchestra.