Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestras, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina
Jonathan Andrew Govias is internationally recognized for his activities as a conductor, writer, educator and public speaker. He has worked with some of the leading orchestras of the world, including the symphonies of Montréal, Cincinnati, San Diego, and the Tonhalle Orchester of Zurich, and studied with conductors Kurt Masur, Ivan Fischer, Gustav Meier, David Zinman and Marin Alsop.
His speaking engagements include keynotes at Cape Town University, Liverpool John Moores University, Hub Zurich, Hub Vienna, Western Washington University, the NAMM, Alberta and Québec music education association conferences, and two appearances at London’s South Bank Centre. His articles include more than nineteen in various international print publications on social music theory and practice. His article, The Five Fundamentals of El Sistema, has been translated into nine languages and is the only text on the Venezuelan national orchestral network specifically endorsed by its founder, Dr. José Antonio Abreu.
Regularly appearing as a guest conductor for professional or all-state honors orchestras, Jonathan also actively consults for music education programs around the world, leading advanced teacher training sessions on orchestral conducting and social learning techniques and environments. He is currently Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestras at the University of North Carolina Charlotte.