Andrew Sewell, Music Director

Andrew Sewell celebrates his eighteenth season as Music Director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. During his tenure Maestro Sewell has raised the orchestra to new artistic heights, expanded the repertoire and provided innovative and adventuresome programming to all their concert programs.True to its name, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra performs to an annual audience of 200,000 statewide, serving many communities and diverse audiences. Their Concerts on the Square series drew record crowds last summer with an estimated weekly attendance of 35,000 around the Capitol Square in Madison, WI. His previous appointments include Music Director with the Wichita Symphony from 2000 – 2010, Mansfield Symphony (OH) 1997- 2002, and resident conductor of the Toledo Symphony from 1995 – 2000. Maestro Sewell was also just appointed music director of the San Luis Obispo Symphony on California's central coast. He will serve in this position concurrently with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and will remain a resident of Madison.

Maestro Sewell is in demand as a conductor having led the Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee,Columbus, Syracuse, and Monterey Symphony Orchestras, as well as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Christchurch Symphony, Dunedin Sinfonia, National Symphony of Mexico, Kyushu Symphony (Japan), and City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong.

A native of New Zealand, Maestro Sewell received his music training on the violin, piano and cornet, and began conducting at age 16. Six years later, he made his professional opera debut with the Mercury Opera and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Winning the Australian Guarantee Corporation’s Young Achiever’s Award in 1987 allowed him to further his studies abroad. Sewell holds a Master of Music degree with Honors in Conducting from the University of Michigan.

Recent guest conducting engagements have included the Toledo Symphony (OH), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (NZ), Gulf Coast Symphony (MS), and Oshkosh Symphony (WI). In the past five seasons they have also included the Detroit Symphony, Portland-Columbia Symphony, Illinois Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Green Bay Symphony, Springfield Symphony (OH), Salem Chamber Orchestra (OR), Hong Kong City Opera, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, the OK Mozart Festival, Peninsula Music Festival (WI), and Masterworks Festival (IN). He was honored with the 2013 Rabin Arts Youth Award for Individual Achievement, by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, for his services to youth and education. He and his wife, Mary have three children and live in Madison.