Artistic Director and Conductor of Concert Orchestra
Mr. Nam is committed to raising up the next generation of musicians and people whose love for each other and dedication for their craft is at the center of their music-making.
He is currently the Artistic Director of the Southeast Minnesota Youth Orchestras and Principal Conductor for un/pitched. Recently, he served as the Music Director of the Ithaca College Sinfonietta, the Assistant Conductor of Orchestras at Ithaca College, and the Orchestra Director at Savoyards Ithaca for two seasons and has led them on their productions of Bernstein’s Candide and Rupert Holme’s The Mystery of Edwin Drood. He has also served as principal conductor of the Ithaca College Contemporary Ensemble and has guest-conducted at Cornell University.
Prior to moving to Ithaca, he founded and was the Artistic Director of the Vanderbilt Commodore Orchestra which has now become a beloved musical organization at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt University, he had the opportunity—as an undergraduate—to conduct the world premieres of Elliott Schwartz’s Chamber Concerto VI: Mr. Jefferson with the internationally-renown violinist Peter Sheppard-Skærved and Facebook Chronicles. These world premieres were sponsored by BMI and received great acclaim by the composer. In Nashville, he also served as production assistant to Jim Gray, one of the most prominent arrangers and orchestrators in Nashville. With Mr. Gray, he supervised recording sessions, prepared music, and engraved manuscripts.
Mr. Nam has collaborated with world-class soloists such as Jeremy Wilson (formerly of Vienna Philharmonic), Peter Sheppard-Skærved (Royal Academy of Music, London), and Malcolm Bilson.
When he is not conducting or studying scores, he can be found cooking, orchestrating, hiking, canoeing, computer programming, and writing.