Jonathan Allentoff is the founding music director of the Brockport Symphony Orchestra, music director of the GPAS Greece Community Orchestra, founding music director of the Temple Beth El Orchestra, associate conductor, principal arranger, and principal viola of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra, and President of the Greece Performing Arts Society (GPAS). He holds a Master of Arts degree specializing in Music, Interdisciplinary Arts, Education, and Technology with Honors from Stony Brook University’s School of Professional Development, and he received the Dr. Deborah C. Hecht Award for his MA Thesis entitled, “The Positive Cultural Impact of Community Orchestras.” Jonathan was recently invited to present multimedia workshops at the Association for Popular Music Education National Conferences hosted by the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, the University of Colorado Denver, Middle Tennessee State University, and New York University (NYU). He also chaired a panel on the music of Hollywood with fellow ASMAC composers/arrangers Robby Martinez and Richard Frank at the College Orchestra Directors Association International Conference at the University of California, Irvine.
Jonathan is a third year conducting clinician for the NYSSMA/NYASTA Summer Conference Orchestra in Albany. While traveling the country, he has been invited to attend private conducting master classes with Gerard Schwarz, Jung-Ho Pak, Charles Gambetta, Leonard Atherton, and the New York Philharmonic. He has also performed as principal viola in the NAfME Conference Orchestra, ASTA National Reading Orchestra, and the NYSSMA Directors’ Orchestra and conducted film score research at UCLA, USC, University of Cincinnati, Syracuse University, and the Warner Bros. Archives. His works and licensed arrangements have been performed by ensembles across the globe, including recent commissions by the Pittsburgh, Knoxville, and Vermont Symphony Orchestras and the Sydney Opera House. He also manages his own music publishing business, Allentoff Music, www.allentoffmusic.com. He is a member of APME, ASCAP, ASMAC, ASTA, CODA, NAfME, and NYSSMA.