A native of Princeton, NJ, Jonathan Coopersmith serves as the chair of Musical Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and has been a member of the Curtis faculty since 2005. Coopersmith was also the associate conductor of The Philadelphia Singers and is the artistic director of Nashirah as well as a guest chorus director of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet. He has conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra Society, Westminster Conservatory Orchestra, Wilmington Orchestra, University of Pennsylvania Wind Ensemble, and Penn’s Landing Orchestra. Coopersmith is a regular guest lecturer in the Philadelphia area with recent lectures at The Curtis Institute of Music, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. In the past, he has served as the music director for Philadelphia’s Opera on the Square, Rittenhouse Row Festival, and The Philadelphia Festival of the Arts. Coopersmith has studied at the at the Pierre Monteux School of Conducting and holds a bachelor’s degree in music theory and composition from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with George Crumb, as well as a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Mannes College of Music.