Christopher Confessore

Resident Conductor and Principal POPS! Conductor

Christopher Confessore serves as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. During his acclaimed tenure, the BSO has enjoyed a dramatic and sustained period of artistic excellence. Under his leadership, the BSO has expanded its Subscription Series, added a Matinee Series and a set of free Family Concerts. The BSO is consistently praised for its innovative programming, spirited performances and broad repertoire.

Mr. Confessore also serves as Resident Conductor and Principal Pops Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. He joined the ASO as its Assistant Conductor in 2000 and was promoted to Associate Conductor in 2001 and Resident Conductor in 2004. His appearances on the ASO’s Masterworks series have garnered rave reviews from the Birmingham News for his “special talent for drawing the broadly lyrical out of his orchestra.” 

He has led the ASO in hundreds of performances throughout the state of Alabama. Mr. Confessore’s schedule as a guest conductor has included appearances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Charlotte (NC) Symphony, Hartford Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Philharmonic and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his international debut in 2004, conducting the Sibiu Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania, returning for additional performances in 2009. He also appears as a conductor of Walt Disney World’s Candlelight Processional at EPCOT – a production featuring full orchestra, 300-voice choir and celebrity narrators including Whoopi Goldberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Grant, Gary Sinese, and Sigourney Weaver. In the summer of 2017, he conducted more than 100 performances of The Music of Pixar LIVE: A Symphony of  characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Heralded as a sensitive accompanist and inspiring collaborator, Christopher Confessore has accompanied a distinguished list of artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell and Lang Lang. As a Pops conductor, he has appeared with a diverse group of superstars, including Grammy Award winners Art Garfunkel, Roberta Flack, Judy Collins, Marvin Hamlisch, LeAnn Rimes, Indigo Girls, Chris Botti, Peabo Bryson and Charlie Daniels and Tony Award winners Idina Menzel and Jennifer Holliday. Music columnist Mary Colurso of The Birmingham News remarked “Anyone who regards the symphony as stuffy and elitist hasn’t been to a SuperPops show when Confessore’s in charge. He exudes niceguy appeal on stage, along with real warmth, a sense of humor and smarts to spare.”

Mr. Confessore holds a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Southern California and the Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from Florida State University.

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