William Lumpkin

Associate Professor of Music, Opera; Artistic Director, Opera Institute; Director, Opera Programs College of Fine Arts

William Lumpkin is the Music Director and principal conductor for the Boston University Opera Institute, prepares and conducts the main stage operas as well as operas for the Fringe Festival, and is a guest conductor for the Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Lumpkin’s professional credits include conducting productions of Hansel and Gretel with Opera Theatre of St. Louis and Cosi fan tutte and Flight for Boston Lyric Opera. In 2003, Mr. Lumpkin conducted the American premier of Jonathan Dove’s opera Flight at Opera Theatre of St. Louis where he has also conducted performances of The Magic Flute, Lucia di Lammermoor and La bohéme. With the EOS Orchestra, Mr. Lumpkin conducted performances of the Philip Glass opera Galieo Galilei at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Chicago’s Goodman Theater. Other guest conducting appearances include productions of William Bolcom’s A View from the Bridge at Indiana University and Roméo et Juliette at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Lumpkin was also on the music staff at Opera Theatre of St. Louis as Assistant to the Music Director/Associate Chorus Master as well as cover conductor for the operas. His other professional credits include Boston Lyric Opera, where he served as Associate Conductor and Chorusmaster for productions of Akhnahten, Die Zauberflote, Don Giovanni, La fille du Regiment and Madame Butterfly. With the Los Angeles Opera, Mr. Lumpkin was associate pianist/assistant conductor for productions of Xerxes, Don Pasquale, Le nozze di Figaro, and Un ballo in maschera. He has also served as Music Director/Conductor for the UCLA Opera, principal coach/assistant conductor for USC Opera, and was on the professional staff at Oberlin Conservatory, where he was assistant music director/chorus master for Oberlin Opera Theater. Also an experienced collaborative pianist, Mr. Lumpkin has appeared in recital with such eminent artists as Sari Gruber, Rodney Gilfrey, Richard Clement, and Juliana Gondek. Most recently he joined Juliana Gondek to record the songs of composer Roger Bourland for PARMA Studios. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music and holds degrees in Conducting and Collaborative Piano from UCSB and USC. Present position, 1998.