John Concklin

Conductor, Senior Youth Orchestra


John Young Shik Concklin joined the Atlanta Music Project as conductor of the Senior Youth Orchestra in the fall of 2018. John is praised for his clear beat, strong sense of rhythm, inviting gravitas, and innovative mind. He is a National Semi-Finalist for the 2019/20 American Prize in Conducting. At age four, he began his musical training with the aim of becoming a conductor, receiving his first opportunity to lead an orchestra as a young teenager.

For the 2019/20 season, John has been invited to compete internationally at the Almaty Conducting Competition, the Nino Rota Conducting Competition, and as the only American at the Città di Brescia Conducting Competition. He will continue as Conductor with the Atlanta Music Project, conduct multiple concerts with the Hendersonville Symphony and Piedmont Chamber Orchestras, and serve as a guest instructor at Furman University. In addition, John will continue his presence in education, building on his relationship with the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University and statewide clinics.

John recently completed a one-year term as Associate Professor of Conducting at Vanderbilt University where he conducted the orchestra and taught conducting. While there, he was a frequent cover conductor with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. John has served as Music Director of the Hendersonville Symphony Youth Orchestras, Associate Conductor of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, and held teaching positions at Clemson and Converse Universities. In addition, John and his wife, Lauren Maxwell, co-founded Mozart for a Cause, an annual benefit concert. ​

John is a frequent adjudicator, receiving invitations from institutions such as the Oberlin Conservatory, Kent State University, Furman University, South Carolina Governor’s School, and the Indiana All-State Festival. In addition, he has continued his project from the Yale School of Music entitled “Music and Art” through which students utilize music and art as catalysts for creative writing.

John was trained at Vanderbilt University, Yale University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His mentors include David Zinman, Carl Topilow, Shinik Hahm, and Robin Fountain. In addition, he received further training from Lorin Maazel and Michael Tilson-Thomas, and had the great fortune to conduct members of the Berlin Philharmonic and Cleveland Orchestra. He has been a fellowship conductor at the Aspen Music Festival, a teaching assistant at the Brevard Music Center, and a finalist at the New World Symphony and Debut Orchestras.

An active violist, John holds a tenured chair in the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and appears frequently in chamber ensembles. Visit for more.


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