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Mr. Jonathan Shames

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Shumsky Music
5400 N. Glenwood
Chicago , Illinois 60640
United States


Employment History


  • graduate degree
    University of Michigan
  • bachelor's degree , philosophy
    Yale University
  • bachelor's degree Degree , philosophy
    Yale University
133 Total References
Web References
Shumsky Music Recordings, 18 June 2015 [cached]
Jonathan Shames, Pianist
Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, 15 July 2008 [cached]
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 (where he 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.
Shames 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.
Directors | Region 3 Orchestra, 12 July 2012 [cached]
High School clinician, Dr. Jonathan Shames, University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma Arts Institute, 25 Dec 2007 [cached]
Jonathan Shames
Jonathan Shames is artistic director of opera and director of orchestras at the University of Oklahoma, as well as music director of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra.A frequent guest of the Opera Company of Boston, he has conducted the Louisiana Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, and Sewanee Music Festival, among other ensembles.An enthusiastic exponent of contemporary music, Jonathan Shames led the Contemporary Directions Ensemble at the University of Michigan and premiered works of Betsy Jolas, Stephen Hartke, Daniel Asia and Joel-Francois Durand.
Shames shares the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Recording for the University of Michigan recording of William Bolcom's "Songs of Innocence and Experience."
Shames maintains a career as a concert pianist, launched after a prize-winning performance in the final round of the 1982 Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition.He has performed in Russia, Finland, Germany, and Korea, as well as throughout the U.S.
Temple B'nai Israel, Oklahoma City, OK - President's Page, 17 Nov 2008 [cached]
While Halloween may fall on a Friday this year, make it a point to come that night when Jonathan Shames, our member who is a professor at the University of Oklahoma and director of both the OU Symphony and the Opera Program, will bring three soloists to perform what are considered Forgotten Melodies from Jewish music. (No, it's not Halloween music.) This promises to be an exciting, engaging opportunity for us all.
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