When we prepare to perform, we are first engaged in the process of rehearsal and then we move to the product – the concert itself. While it is important for us to perform at our best at each concert, I believe that the process of rehearsal is our most important work. And I love the process of preparing for a concert!
Music Director, Co-Conductor of the Senior Symphony, and Conductor of the Sinfonietta Orchestra
Maestro Eells assumed the role of Music Director and Co-Conductor of the Senior Symphony in 2019. John received his undergraduate degree from York University in England and completed his graduate work in conducting at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He also achieved a Graduate Diploma in French Horn. Mr. Eells was the founding Music Director of the Farmington Valley Symphony Orchestra (FVSO), which he directed from 1981 until 2013, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra, which he led from 2006 - 2013. In 2006 the FVSO celebrated its 25th anniversary with a performance at Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Eells began his 32-year tenure in 1981 as Music Director at Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut where he directed its three choruses, two instrumental ensembles and an annual musical and taught classes in music theory, music appreciation, and music history. He was a frequent high school and middle school festival conductor for the Connecticut Music Educator Association and in 2003, 2011 and 2017 was selected to conduct the New England High School Festival Orchestra.
He has guest conducted many concerts with the Hartford (CT) Symphony Orchestra, as well as the New Britain and Meriden symphony orchestras (CT), the Jacksonville (FL) and Spokane (WA) symphony orchestras, the Leeds Symphony Orchestra (UK) and the Hermitage State Orchestra in St. Petersburg (Russia).