About Our Conductor
Evan Meccarello is committed to new explorations in classical music and engaging with communities across the Northeast. He joined the Irondequoit Community Orchestra in the 2019/20 season, which included collaboration with the Irondequoit Chorale and growth in the orchestra’s membership.
Meccarello’s conducting experience spans professional, collegiate, youth, and civic ensembles. He was named Music Director of the Binghamton Community Orchestra after a February 2020 debut featuring opera and symphonic music. Based in Rochester, he is Founder and Director of the Hochstein Alumni Orchestra, a community of musicians that rally around the cause of affordable music lessons. Over ten years, he has commissioned five alumni of Hochstein to write orchestral works for the ensemble. Meccarello also conducts the Thames Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra in New London, CT.
Summer 2019 included performances with professional orchestras in Bulgaria, while the 2019-20 season has featured work with civic and university orchestras from Buffalo to Saranac Lake to Providence, RI. Meccarello serves as guest conductor and clinician at middle and high schools, including NYSSMA Area All-State and All-County festival orchestras. He previously was Conductor of the Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra and continues to support the program as Assistant Conductor of the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra.
Meccarello’s training in conducting has included lessons and masterclasses with world-acclaimed conducting teachers, including Larry Rachleff, Benjamin Zander, David Effron, and Jorma Panula. He holds a masters degree in orchestral conducting from Bowling Green State University and a violin performance degree from Nazareth College, where he was a two-time winner of the school’s concerto competition. Meccarello is Vice President of the Keuka Lake Music Festival and a radio host for Soundspace on WAYO-LP in Rochester. He can sometimes be found in Argentine tango clubs, playing violin for dancers.