Benjamin Nadel - Youth Orchestra Conductor




Benjamin Nadel is a classically trained conductor, pianist, and violinist. Based in Chicago, he is the Associate Conductor and Orchestra Librarian for the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra and New Philharmonic. He is also the Orchestra Director at North Central College. Since he began these positions, he has conducted on a wide variety of programs and has prepared hundreds of pieces across both the classical and pops repertoires. Fall of 2022 marks his first season as the conductor of the Northwest Indiana Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Nadel began his conducting studies with Dr. Glenn Block at Illinois State University while completing his undergraduate degree in Music Education. He then went on to receive his MA in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Iowa with Dr. William LaRue Jones. While pursuing his degrees, he had the opportunity both assist and conduct several operatic productions, including Candide, La bohéme, La clemenza di Tito, and Iolanthe. He also participated in several summer music festivals, one of which was Cincinnati Conservatory’s program as a part of the summer music festival in Spoleto, Italy.

From 2011 – 2015 Nadel spent his summers with the Midwest Institute of Opera, where he was assistant conductor to Maestro Joshua Greene of the Metropolitan Opera. While there, he had the occasion to conduct both full concert and stage productions of Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte, and Carmen. He also assisted and coached for productions of Die Zauberflöte and La Cenerentola.

Aside from his work as a professional conductor, Nadel also has a very strong connection and personal interest in music education. He believes that one of the most important aspects of being an artist is to pass along that experience and knowledge to the next generation of musicians. To that end, Nadel has worked with several high school ensembles in the Chicago area, including New Trier, Metea Valley, Glenbard West, and Stevenson High School. He has led some of these groups in side by side concerts with the New Philharmonic. He has also run conducting workshops for the Opus Chamber Music camp, as well as Illinois State University.

As we approach the 2022 – 23 season, Nadel is extremely excited to begin with the Northwest Indiana Youth Orchestra. It is his goal to provide the orchestra and students with outstanding experiences in music making, and watch the students continue to learn and grow as individuals and artists.