The Cali School welcomes distinguished conductor Markand Thakar as Visiting Conductor of the MSU Symphony Orchestra for the 2017-2018 season. He comes to the Cali School after a 21-year tenure as Co-Director of Graduate Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory. Currently Music Director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Maestro Thakar has been Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Associate Conductor of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and for twelve years Music Director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted orchestras across the United States and Canada, as well as in China and South Korea. His BCO recordings for Naxos include a disk of music by American composer Jonathan Leshnoff, named one of Naxos’ Best of the Best, a disk of concertos by Ignaz Pleyel, and a disk of viola concertos by Carl Stamitz and Franz Anton Hoffmeister. Maestro Thakar, a protégé of the legendary Sergiu Celibidache, is the author of Counterpoint: Fundamentals of Music Making (Yale University Press), Looking for the Harp Quartet: An Investigation into Musical Beauty (University of Rochester Press), and On the Principles and Practice of Conducting (University of Rochester Press). Noted internationally as a conducting pedagogue, his students hold significant positions around the world as music directors, staff conductors, and college-level conductors.