Jonathan Spatola-Knoll

Dr. Jonathan Spatola-Knoll is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Alma College in Alma, MI, where teaches music history as music director of the Alma Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his time in Alma, he served as orchestra director at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. At home in both academic and professional settings, he receives regular opportunities to work with outside orchestras, having conducted the Richmond Symphony, the University of Oregon Symphony, the University of North Texas Symphony, the Pierre Monteux Festival Orchestra, and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra, among other groups. His accomplishments have also earned him a residency at the Salzburg Festival as a winner of the Vienna Philharmonic’s Ansbacher Fellowship for Young Conductors.

Jonathan Spatola-Knoll holds advanced degrees in musicology and conducting from the University of California, Davis, where he acted as assistant conductor for the University Symphony Orchestra and University Chorus, as well as conductor of the Summer Symphony and other groups, including the Student New Music Ensemble. An advocate of contemporary music, he has conducted the world premieres of such orchestral and operatic compositions as William Cooper’s Leonce und Lena, Christopher Castro’s Cavatine, and Murray Gross’s Look in the Eyes of People You Don’t Know.

Dr. Spatola-Knoll also works to revive undervalued repertoire, notably the music of Swedish symphonist Elfrida Andrée (1841-1929). His first-ever critical editions have enabled him to present Western-Hemisphere premieres of three of her works, including a recent performance of her Overture in G Minor with the Alma Symphony. In addition, he has published on her orchestral music in the College Orchestra Directors Association Journal. Spatola-Knoll’s other scholarly and performance activities likewise complement one another. His work in compositional pairing in the 19th-century has led to invitations to present at various conferences, including the North American Conference on Nineteenth-Century Music and the National Meeting of the American Musicological Society. This research has also informed several performances of music by Carl Maria von Weber, most recently a performance of his Overture to Euryanthe with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic.

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