Dr. Justin Wayne Lewis (Music Director)
Dr. Lewis has served as Conductor-in-Residence of the Virginia Choral Society and Director of Choirs and music department chair at the Herbert J. Saunders School in Manassas, Virginia. As music director of the Voices of Hampton Roads, he prepared the choir for a momentous performance of Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ with the High Wycombe Choral Society in England. He has recorded two albums and appeared at regional and national conferences of the American Choral Directors Association with the professional men’s vocal ensemble, ‘Brethren.’
In 2013, Dr. Lewis guest conducted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in excerpts from Beethoven’s ‘Christ on the Mount of Olives.’ He currently conducts a 100-voice children’s choir and a combined-adult church choir from six congregations at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kaiserslautern.
Dr. Lewis is a conductor with the United States Air Force bands. Under his leadership, the bands have performed for more than half a million people live and on television. He has also conducted military bands from Norway, France, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Dr. Lewis has served as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute and as Artistic Director of the Washington Temple Orchestra. He has performed with the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orchester, the Orquesta Sinfonica de las Americas and the National Orchestral Institute throughout Europe, South America and the Caribbean. As cellist in the Capitol String Quartet, he has recorded two albums on the Shadow Mountain Record label. He has taught at the Penn State School of Music, the Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute and frequently serves as clinician and adjudicator at high school honors music festivals.
Dr. Lewis holds a bachelor of music degree in cello performance from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music in Philadelphia where he graduated summa cum laude and was elected to the “Who’s Who Among Students at American Colleges and Universities.” He holds a teaching certificate, a masters degree in performance, and a masters degree in conducting from Penn State University. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree in cello performance with cognate studies in conducting from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. His research emphasis was ‘Themes of Jewishness in Bloch’s Schelomo.’ He is currently studying conducting with Igor Gruppman at the Rotterdam Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands.
Dr. Lewis resides in Winnweiler with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children.