Chair of Musical Studies
Harmony, Music History, Advanced Conducting
A native of Princeton, NJ, Jonathan Coopersmith serves as the Chair of Musical Studies and has been a member of the Curtis faculty since 2005. Mr. Coopersmith is also the Associate Conductor for The Philadelphia Singers, the Artistic Director of Nashirah, and a guest chorus director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet. He has conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra Society, Westminster Conservatory Orchestra, Wilmington Orchestra, University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble, and Penn’s Landing Orchestra.
Mr. Coopersmith is a regular guest lecturer in the Philadelphia area, with recent lectures at The Curtis Institute of Music, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the past, he has served as Music Director for Philadelphia’s Opera on the Square, Rittenhouse Row Festival, and The Philadelphia Festival of the Arts.
Mr. Coopersmith holds a bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with George Crumb, a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Mannes College of Music, and has studied at the at the Pierre Monteux School of Conducting.
Mr. Coopersmith taught Curtis Connections: Music Appreciation as part of Curtis Summerfest 2013, and along with David Ludwig taught the Curtis-Coursera course From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance.