Jonathan Shames is Music Director and Conductor of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, as well as Artistic Director of the University of Oklahoma Opera Theater and Director of Orchestral Studies at the OU School of Music.He
conducts both OU Opera and the OU Symphony Orchestra.In addition, he is an advisor to the school's contemporary music group, the New Century Ensemble.Shames
was previously Associate Director of Orchestras at the University of Michigan
received a Grammy Award for his
work on the recent recording of William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience), as well as Music Director and Conductor of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra's Marrowstone Music Festival, and the Olympia (Washington) Symphony Orchestra.Jonathan Shames' work as musical assistant to Sarah Caldwell of the Opera Company of Boston (at age 19) led to his first conducting opportunities, when Caldwell invited him to lead performances of Puccini's Girl of the Golden West and Mozart's Don Giovanni.
has conducted the Louisiana Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, Sewanee Festival and Pine Mountain Festival Symphony Orchestra.
As a pianist, since winning a finalist diploma in the 1982 Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition, Shames
has performed in France, Finland, South Korea and the former Soviet Union, as well as across the United States.He
has recorded with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, toured with the Radio and Television Orchestra of Belgrade, and appeared as soloist with the Seoul Sinfonietta
, the Chattanooga Symphony, the Seattle and Tacoma Symphony Orchestras and the Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Seattle and Boston Pops orchestras, among others.