The Jubilee Symphony Orchestra is Delighted to Announce the Appointment of Stephen P Brown to the Orchestra’s Recently Created Position of Artistic Director

New York, NY, October 12, 2008 --( Known for thrilling performances and a wide variety of musical styles, Mr. Brown will conduct the orchestra for most of its performances in New York City.

Reviving, establishing and growing musical disciplines have provided Stephen P Brown with unique qualifications that are beginning to be noticed in the big league classical music circuits. Currently Musical Director of the Jacksonville Chapel Concert Band, Mr. Brown has been quietly developing a leadership maturity to match that of his international musical youth. In its silver jubilee year, he is leading the JCCB into the 21st century by coordinating an online presence, incorporating media and technology into concerts, popularizing attentive participation by audiences, and developing a branded identity.

Once described by George Hurst as being “too nice to be a conductor”, Mr. Brown has learned how to employ his optimism, enthusiasm and encouraging spirit on the podium, industriously sculpting colorful and energetic musical encounters. He will maintain his position as Musical Director of the Jacksonville Chapel Concert Band.

With regards to the Jubilee Symphony Orchestra Mr. Brown said, “The opportunity to engage some of the USA’s premium talent in a quest to share God’s angelic gift of music is irresistible. It was the orchestra’s ambition to combine New York City’s refined and developing classical music populations to present traditional and participative works that attracted me to seek this privilege, and help unleash the city’s quiet and reserved fondness of stirring and spiritual orchestral music.”

Mr. Brown’s open-ended contract testifies to the orchestra’s belief in his ability to grow and maintain its presence in a complex culture now needing stability more than ever. This is Mr. Brown’s first major orchestral appointment in the USA, succeeding Kamel Boutros who held the position of Music Director earlier this year.

Born in Rochester, England, Stephen P Brown began playing piano at age 7, soon followed by clarinet and percussion. His first public appearance as a conductor was in New Jersey at age 16, and after earning a percussion performance degree from Trinity College of Music at age 18 he became the UK’s first undergraduate conducting student. Since then he’s conducted the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Griffin Orchestra of London, Ealing Choral Society, worked with the Halle and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras, and was Musical Director of the Medway Chamber Orchestra and Kent Youth Percussion. He has toured Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Holland, as well as Malawi and Zambia, and also served as the Musical Director for the Kentish Players, Spotlites Theatre, and Ballet Rambert Education. After reviving the music department at Sittingbourne Community College in 1999, the UK government recognized Mr. Brown’s management style as ‘exemplary’.

In addition to his own compositions, some of the world premieres conducted by Mr. Brown include Antonin Tucapksy’s “Triptychon”, works by Mathew Power and Simon Gaughan, as well as the European premiere of Australian composer Ross Edward’s “Dawn Mantras” as part of the UK’s Millennium Festivities.

The Jubilee Symphony Orchestra is a ministry of Jubilee Missions, founded in Los Angeles in 2002. With an international presence, Jubilee Missions provides music, dance and media support for all denominations of the Christian faith. In particular, the Jubilee Symphony Orchestra works closely with churches throughout New York City and is also embarking on presenting its own program of annual events including children’s and choral concerts, a massive praise event and an annual invitation-only dinner hosted by the Artistic Director.

“We are excited about Mr. Brown’s involvement in our organization. In alignment with our mission, Mr. Brown will be building a platform for local artists to use their gifts for God with excellence and a Christian worldview”, said Christopher Chou, Director of Jubilee Missions New York.

Jubilee Missions
Jonathan Sesman
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