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As Music Director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Sewell is serving his seventeenth season. Under his leadership, Concerts on the Square, a summer series of six concerts, has grown from a weekly average audience of 10,000 to a staggering 42,000 in 2016. True to its name, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performs to an annual audience of 242,000 statewide, serving many communities and diverse audiences. During his tenure, Maestro Sewell has raised the orchestra to new artistic heights, expanded the repertoire and provided innovative and adventuresome programming to all concerts. His previous appointments include Music Director with the Wichita Symphony from 2000 – 2010, Mansfield Symphony (OH) 1997 – 2002, and resident conductor of the Toledo Symphony from 1995 – 2000.


Maestro Sewell is in demand as a conductor having led the Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee, Columbus, Toledo, Syracuse, Illinois, Monterey, Gulf Coast and Eugene Symphony Orchestras, as well as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, National Symphony of Mexico, Kyushu Symphony (Japan), City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Hong Kong City Opera, OK Mozart Festival, Peninsula Music Festival (WI) and Masterworks Festival (IN).


A native of New Zealand, Maestro Sewell received his music training on the violin, piano and cornet, and began conducting at age 16. Six years later, he made his professional opera debut with the Mercury Opera and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Winning the Australian Guarantee Corporation’s Young Achiever’s Award allowed him to further his studies abroad. Sewell holds a Master of Music degree with Honors in Conducting from the University of Michigan. In 1997, he was honored as the first recipient of the Aotea Centre Performing Arts Trust ‘Star’ Award in Auckland, New Zealand.


His 2016/17 season includes return engagements with both the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and Illinois Symphony, and he will debut with the San Luis Obispo Symphony (CA).

In recent seasons he has led the Detroit Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, Gulf Coast Symphony, Portland-Columbia Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Oshkosh Symphony, Springfield Symphony (OH), City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, OK Mozart Festival, Peninsula Music Festival, and Masterworks Festival. He received the 2013 Rabin Arts Youth Award for Individual Achievement by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra for services to youth and education. In 2005 he received Best Individual Artist Award by the Wichita Arts Council, and Musician of the Year by the Wisconsin State Journal for services to music and the greater arts community. He and his wife, Mary, have three grown children and live in Madison.

Fantastic Finale

Friday, May 5, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, Springfield, IL

Andrew Sewell, Conductor
Jason Vieaux, Guitar

Dvorak Carnival Overture - Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez - Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique


P A S T  C O N C E R T S

Holiday Pops in the Heartland

Saturday, November 19, 2016 | 7:30 PM
Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, Springfield, IL

Sunday, November 20, 2016 | 3:00 PM
Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts, Bloomington, IL

Andrew Sewell, Conductor
Sarah Lawrence, Soprano

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