Our Leaders

Jay Friedman

Music Director

Jay Friedman has been Principal trombone of the Chicago Symphony since 1965, touring to every corner of the globe. He is also active as a conductor, having now been named Conductor of the Year a record three time by the Illinois Council of Orchestras.

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Maurice Boyer

Associate Conductor

Associate conductor Maurice Boyer is associate professor of music at Concordia University Chicago, where he conducts the chamber orchestra and women’s choir (Laudate), and teaches aural skills.

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John Gerson


John is in his ninth season with the Symphony. A graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, John is a serial performer while also working at Bein & Fushi where he sells fine string instruments and bows.

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David Leehey


David Leehey is President of the Symphony, MacDowell Artists Association, and a founding board member of Pianoforte Foundation in Chicago. David has lead the orchestra to its multi-award winning status, while maintaining his work as a physician at Loyola University Medical Center and Hines VA Hospital.

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