Conservatory Alum Steve Lewis Named Music Director of the Medical Arts Symphony

The Conservatory is pleased to note that Steve Lewis (MM, orchestra conducting, 2012), who studied with Robert Olson, has been named as the Music Director of the Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City, which is based at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 

Lewis conducted a successful Christmas concert in December, and will lead the Symphony’s spring concert April 1, 2017. The concert includes Haydn’s “Military” Symphony No. 100, Lalo’s Cello Concerto with guest soloist Eman Chalshotori, and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 2.

“I am thrilled to join an organization with such a storied history and am looking forward to our spring concert and next season,” Lewis said. The Medical Arts Symphony began in 1959 when Eleanor Sharp and some of her colleagues at the University of Kansas Medical Center decided to share their avocation of symphonic music with their professions in healthcare. Since its founding, the Symphony has not wavered from its dual mission of providing an opportunity for amateur musicians to perform great works of Western music and enrich the cultural life of Kansas City by presenting free concerts, including premier performances of works by local composers. 

As Lewis plans the 2017–18 season for the Medical Arts Symphony, he will continue to serve as the Music Director of Midwest Chamber Ensemble, which is currently celebrating its fifth season.

Congratulations, Steve!

Published: Feb 23, 2017