Conductor of Spring 2017 Concerts:

Francis Scully

Francis Scully is known locally as the founder and music director of New Resonance Orchestra, an ensemble which develops multimedia performances which relate the emotions of classical music directly to the lives of the audience. He also is on the music faculty of Our Lady of Holy Cross College where he teaches courses in music theory and history. He holds a Masters of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Peabody Conservatory. His principal teachers include Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, Jung-Ho Pak and Piotr Gajewski. 

Conductors of Past Projects:

Yotam Haber

His music hailed by New Yorker critic Alex Ross as “deeply haunting,” by the Los Angeles Times as one of five classical musicians "2014 Faces To Watch," and chosen as one of the “30 composers under 40” by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440, Yotam Haber was born in Holland and grew up in Israel, Nigeria, and Milwaukee. He is the recipient of a 2013 Fromm Music Foundation commission, a 2013 NYFA award, the 2007 Rome Prize and a 2005 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He has received grants and fellowships from New Music USA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Bellagio Rockefeller Foundation, Yaddo, Bogliasco, MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage, ASCAP, and the Copland House. Recent commissions include works for Pritzker Prize-winning architect Peter Zumthor; an evening-length oratorio for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, CalARTS@REDCAT/Disney Hall (Los Angeles); The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra; New York-based Contemporaneous, Gabriel Kahane, Either/Or, and Alarm Will Sound; the 2015 New York Philharmonic CONTACT! Series; the 2012 & 2014 Venice Biennale; 2012 Bang on a Can Summer Festival; the Neuvocalsolisten Stuttgart and ensemble l’arsenale; FLUX Quartet, JACK Quartet, Cantori New York, the Tel Aviv-based Meitar Ensemble, and the Berlin-based Quartet New Generation. 
He is currently working on Voice Imitator, an evening-length cycle of piano works with visual artist and MacArthur Fellow Anna Schuleit Haber, based on the stories of Thomas Bernhard; New Water Music, an interactive work (premiering 2017) for the Louisiana Philharmonic and community musicians to be performed from boats and barges along Bayou St. John in New Orleans; and a new work for the Kronos Quartet (premiering 2016).
 Haber is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of New Orleans and Artistic Director Emeritus of MATA, the non-profit organization founded by Philip Glass that has, since 1996, been dedicated to commissioning and presenting new works by young composers from around the world. His music is published by RAI Trade.

photo credit: bryan tarnowski

Maxim Samarov, D.M.A., Michigan State

Maxim Samarov was born in Moscow, Russia, in a family of musicians, and studied cello at Junior College of the Moscow Conservatory, Jerusalem Music Academy, and Southern Methodist University.  He performed extensively as a cello soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in Russia, Europe, Israel, as well as the United States. After having developed an interest in conducting in his mid-20's, Maxim received his graduate degrees in orchestral conducting from University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Michigan State University. In addition, he studied with Kenneth Kiesler in summer workshops and privately. Dr. Samarov has appeared as guest conductor with philharmonic orchestras in Bulgaria, where he made his operatic debut conducting Verdi's "Rigoletto" and Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" in 2014 and 2015. In New Orleans, he became co-founder and conductor of the Fleur de Lys Chamber Orchestra, as part of the Scandinavian Festival 2012. Besides serving as a high school and youth orchestra clinician, Dr. Samarov is currently the orchestra director at Tulane University, where he also teaches chamber music and conducting. He has previously held faculty positions with St. Cloud State University, MN, and Luther College, IA. In addition to his conducting practice, Mr. Samarov is active as a composer. Among his recently premiered compositions are a wind quintet, string quartet, and a suite for ten winds. He resides in New Orleans with his wife Tanya, a pediatrician, and their son Julian.