Thomas Elefant, a conductor and a 2008 LLS lecturer, founded the Handel Festival Orchestra in September 2009, commemorating the 250th anniversary of G. F. Handel. The HFO, based in Manhattan, N.Y., is comprised of professional musicians from the Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, including advanced amateur musicians. Currently, this young orchestra is performing in area churches and senior centers.
Previous positions held include: Founder / Conductor of the Inter-Generation Symphony Orchestra in T.A. Israel (2000 – ‘06), Music Director / Conductor of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Richmond, IN (1985 – ‘97), the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, Missoula, MT (1980 – ‘85), and Assistant Conductor in the Israeli Army Band (1976 –’77).
Thomas Elefant studied conducting at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts and Indiana University School of Music, receiving a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting.