Meet the Conductors

CVSymphony will feature John Mario during its 2015-2016 Concert Season


JOHN MARIO was the conductor for our Fiesta de Musica Latina concert that was performed at the Empire Polo Club in Indio on October 19, 2014.  John is the conductor for our opening season holiday concert, "Holiday Magic."  He has served as principal tour conductor for Jackie Evancho's Dream With Me and Songs of the Silver Screen tours. His exciting 2012-2014 conducting schedule included appearances with the Atlanta Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Long Beach Symphony, Thousand Oaks Symphony, and Marin County Symphony. His Chicago Symphony Center debut also occurred during that time. In 2014-2015 he will continue as principal orchestra conductor for Jackie Evancho's new tour, Awakening.

John Mario is also a veteran opera conductor serving three season as Music Director of the legendary Tri Cities Opera of Binghamton, NY, former training grounds for opera stars such as Richard Leech and Placido Domingo. It is the oldest Resident Artist Training Program in the U.S. From the pit over past decades, he has led dozens of productions as guest conductor in companies across the country including Sarasota Opera, Toledo Opera, Syracuse Opera, and Opera Southwest. In addition to his conducting duties, John Mario performs in recital and is a leading coach of the Italian Opera repertoire in his New York City studio, preparing internationally acclaimed singers for their roles on stages throughout the world. It has been quoted and paraphrased in a past review that "Maestro John Mario has transformed the orchestra to such a high level of playing that it's hard to imagine these already fine musicians could sound even better..."



A graduate of the University of Redlands, Todd Montemayor is a passionate advocate for music in the lives of our youth. He currently teaches orchestra, band, choir, and general music at four elementary schools in San Bernardino. He is the music director and conductor of two youth symphonies in Southern California: the Buddy Rogers Youth Symphony in the Coachella Valley, and the Redlands Youth Symphony based in Redlands, California. He currently resides with his wife, three cats, and dog in Yucaipa, California.

Originally from Sacramento, California, Todd was invited in 2006 to conduct the Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Orchestra in a world premier of Mt. Fuji a tone poem by young composer Ian Politano.  In the summer of 2007, Todd traveled with and conducted the Premier Orchestra to sold-out audiences on an international tour to Helsinki, Finland; Tallinn, Estonia; and St. Petersburg, Russia.  Todd regularly returns to Sacramento to conduct and coach at SYS's Summer Chamber Music Workshop directed by renowned cellist, Susan Lamb Cook.

While at the University of Redlands, Todd studied the disciplines of wind, orchestral, and choral conducting with Dr. Eddie Smith, Co Nguyen, Dr. Nicholle Andrews, and Dr. Jean-Sebastien Vallee. Todd studied classical percussion with William Schlitt, principal timpanist of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and chamber music with Pavel Farkas.