Principal Pops Conductor, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Jack Everly is the principal pops conductor of the Baltimore and Indianapolis symphony orchestras, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa). He is widely known for his innovative approach to programs that have brought new audiences to the time-tested and beloved symphonic pops genre. In the 2009-2010 season, he made his Cleveland Orchestra debut at Blossom Music Center and appeared as guest conductor in Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Toronto, Cincinnati and Detroit.
Mr. Everly is the music director of Yuletide Celebration, now a 24-year tradition. These theatrical symphonic holiday concerts are presented annually in December in Indianapolis and are seen by more than 40,000 concert-goers. He led the Orchestra in its first Pops recording, Yuletide Celebration, Volume One, including three of his own arrangements.
Originally appointed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mr. Everly was conductor of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) for 14 years, where he served as music director. In addition to his ABT tenure, he has teamed with Marvin Hamlisch in Broadway shows that Mr. Hamlisch scored including The Goodbye Girl, They're Playing Our Song and A Chorus Line. He conducted Carol Channing hundreds of times in Hello, Dolly! in two separate Broadway productions.
In television and film, Jack Everly has appeared on "In Performance at the White House" and conducted the songs for Disney's animated classic The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He has been music director on numerous Broadway cast recordings, and conducted the critically praised Everything's Coming Up Roses: The Complete Overtures of Broadway's Jule Styne. A CD released in July 2005, In the Presence, features tenor Daniel Rodriguez with the Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Prague conducted by Mr. Everly.
In 1998, Mr. Everly created the Symphonic Pops Consortium serving as music director. The Consortium, based in Indianapolis, produces a new theatrical pops program each season providing a superior quality artistic program for all. Since its inception, more than 225 performances of SPC programs have taken place in 25 cities across the U.S. and Canada.
In May 2009, Maestro Everly received an honorary doctorate of arts from Franklin College in his home state of Indiana.