Faculty

Our 2017 season will mark Maestro Jinbo’s twenty-second year as Music Director of the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival. He previously served as Associate Music Director to Charles Bruck and has enjoyed an affiliation with the school since 1983. As only the third music director in the school’s 74 year history history, he follows his mentor Charles Bruck and the school’s founder Pierre Monteux. Jinbo is also the Music Director of the Nittany Valley Symphony (PA), and for four seasons served as Assistant Conductor of the North Carolina Symphony. During his tenure with the North Carolina Symphony, he performed some 60-75 concerts each season, including classical, ballet, pops and educational programs.

Michael Jinbo

Music Director
Michael JinboMaestro Jinbo has appeared as guest conductor in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Switzerland and Germany, and has performed with a wide range of artists, including pianist Garrick Ohlsson, violinist Kyoko Takezawa, prima ballerina assoluta Galina Mezentseva and the St. Petersburg Ballet of Russia, and the late Cab Calloway.

Jinbo received a B.A. in Music from The University of Chicago and an M.M. in Conducting from Northwestern University School of Music. In addition to his training at The Monteux School, he received further conducting training at the Herbert Blomstedt Institute, the Scotia Festival of Music, and at workshops of the American Symphony Orchestra League and the Conductors Guild. He has twice been appointed to serve on the instrumental music panel of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Michael Jinbo is also a violinist, and has appeared as soloist with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, among others. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, he currently resides in Augusta, Maine.

Maestro Jinbo’s students have said:

“Michael Jinbo is a wonderful, gifted teacher… his passion is palpable”
“…the individual who best links the greatness of the School’s past to its future”
“…destined to be a great teacher in the spirit and tradition of Monteux and Bruck”
“I have never had a teacher who has been able to reach me as profoundly…”
“…a man of great musical integrity, a spiritually and intellectually stimulating conductor, and a truly inspiring teacher”
“I have had many teachers in my life… he is the first I could call a mentor.

The Monteux School is pleased to welcome alumna, Tiffany Lu to serve as our 2017 Conducting Associate. As part of her duties Ms. Lu will conduct the Monteux Festival Orchestra in our annual children’s concert on Thursday, July 13 at 10:00am.

Tiffany Lu (’12-’15)

Conducting Associate

Conductor and violinist Tiffany Lu currently resides in College Park, MD, where she is completing doctoral studies at the University of Maryland studying with James Ross. Tiffany is the co-conductor of the University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra and assistant conductor of the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. This season Tiffany also holds the position of interim Music Director for the Wilmington Community Orchestra in Delaware; she also serves as assistant conductor and personnel manager of the Capital City Symphony in Washington, D.C. Tiffany attended the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestra Musicians from 2012-2015 and this year is thrilled and honored to return as the 2017 Conducting Associate.

Previous positions include cover conductor and principal librarian at the 2016 National Orchestral Institute, and conductor of the Young Artists’ orchestra at the DC Youth Orchestra Program. Tiffany has also been assistant conductor at the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestras (2011-2012) and at Ithaca College (2012-2015), where she earned her masters’ degree studying with Dr. Jeffery Meyer. She has performed in master classes led by Carl St. Clair, Alan Gilbert, Larry Rachleff, David Effron, Lior Shambadal, Mark Shapiro, Marin Alsop, and Victor Yampolsky.

Growing up in Tampa, Florida, Tiffany began studying the violin at the age of three; as a violinist and violist, Tiffany has over fifteen years of orchestral, chamber, and solo experience. She has performed with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Symphoria (Syracuse), and Gadje, a gypsy rock band based in Ithaca.

We are pleased to welcome the return of Jeff Thayer, concertmaster of the San Diego Symphony, as our 2017 Guest Artist in Residence. Mr. Thayer will join the Monteux Festival Orchestra to perform Bartok’s Violin Concerto No. 2 on Sunday, July 2 at 5 pm and also perform a chamber piece with students of the School on Wednesday, June 28 at 7:30 pm. Visit

Jeff Thayer, violin

Guest Artist in Residence
Violinist Jeff Thayer holds the Deborah Pate and John Forrest Concertmaster Chair of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Thayer is also a founding member of the Camera Lucida chamber music ensemble, in residence at UCSD’s Conrad Prebys Music Center. Previous positions include assistant concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, associate concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony and concertmaster of the Canton (OH) Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Thayer was also formerly on the violin faculty of the Music Academy of the West where he also served as concertmaster for 13 years. He is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. His teachers include William Preucil, Donald Weilerstein, Zvi Zeitlin and Dorothy DeLay.

A native of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Mr. Thayer began violin lessons with his mother at the age of three. At 14 he studied for a year at the Conservatorio Superior in Cordoba, Spain. He has appeared as soloist with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Jupiter Symphony, the North Carolina Symphony, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Pierre Monteux School Festival Orchestra, the Spartanburg Philharmonic, the Cleveland Institute of Music Symphony Orchestra, The Music Academy of the West Festival Orchestra, the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the Nittany Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Conservatory Orchestra of Cordoba, among others. He attended Keshet Eilon (Israel), Ernen Musikdorf (Switzerland), Music Academy of the West, Aspen, New York String Orchestra Seminar, the Quartet Program, and as the 1992 Pennsylvania Governor Scholar, Interlochen Arts Camp. Other festivals include the Grand Teton Music Festival, Astoria Music Festival, Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, Mainly Mozart Festival (San Diego), Festival der Zukunft and the Tibor Varga Festival (Switzerland).

Mr. Thayer’s awards include the Stephen Hahn/Lillybelle Foundation Award in Violin from the Music Academy of the West, the Starling Foundation Award, the George Eastman Scholarship and the Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Thayer was a laureate of the Wieniawski Violin Competition (2001) as well as winner of various competitions, including the Tuesday Musical Club Scholarship Auditions in Akron, OH (2000), the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition (1999), the Fort Collins Symphony Young Artist Competition (1999), the American String Teacher’s Association Competition in Pennsylvania and Delaware (1997), the Gladys Comstock Summer Scholarship Competition (1993), the Ithaca College Solo Competition and the Phyllis Triolo Competition (1992).

Through a generous loan from Joan and Irwin Jacobs and the Jacobs’ Family Trust, Jeff Thayer performs on the 1708 “Sir Bagshawe” Stradivarius.