John Balme, Accompanist and Guest Conductor for our June 2019 concert, has served as the general director of the Boston Lyric Opera, the Lake George Opera Festival, and as music director of the Liederkranz Foundation in New York City. Mr. Balme has participated as a conductor and/or producer in more than 300 productions and has appeared as a guest conductor in Atlanta, San Diego, Fort Worth, Syracuse, Rochester, Boston, and many other major cities.
Mr. Balme received critical acclaim for producing and conducting Wagner’s Ring Cycle in both Boston and New York City. He attended Oxford University, the Royal College of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University. Meanwhile, he’s served on the faculties of the University of Texas (Austin), the University of Connecticut, New England Conservatory of Music, and Northeastern University.
Other activities he enjoys have included concert appearances as a pianist accompanying singers like Carlo Bergonzi, Nicolai Gedda, Jerome Hines and Deborah Voigt. Mr. Balme has also played for Beverly Sills, Shirley Verrett, John Vickers, Sherrill Milnes, and many other internationally acclaimed vocalists. Mr. Balme has served as accompanist for The Shrewsbury Chorale since 2016. He is co-director with his wife, Cynthia, of the Brookdale Concordia Chorale and the Concordia Junior and Youth Chorales. Mr. Balme is currently the Music Director at Christ Episcopal Church, Middletown.