Artistic Director & General Manager
Gregory Hughes is the founding Artistic Director and principal conductor of Chicago’s Lakeview Orchestra, and was named the 2016 Conductor of the Year by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. Mr. Hughes has been described by the late Andrew Patner of 98.7 WFMT as a “phenomenal young conductor” and Lawrence A. Johnson of Chicago Classical Review praised his conducting as “surprisingly strong and compelling.” He has collaborated with world-class artists including Rachel Barton Pine, Andrew Staupe, Holly Mulcahy, David Schrader, and Alexis Magaro.
Mr. Hughes founded Lakeview Orchestra in January of 2013 and rapidly established the ensemble as one of the leading volunteer orchestras in the City of Chicago. In 2016 Lakeview Orchestra garnered an unprecedented three awards in a single year from the Illinois Council of Orchestras, including the prestigious Orchestra of the Year award. Under his leadership the orchestra performed the Chicago premiere of Carl Nielsen’s opera Maskarade with the VOX3 Collective, and commissioned and premiered choreography for Márquez’s Danzón No. 2 in partnership with Ballet Chicago.
Mr. Hughes was educated at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music where he studied conducting with Daniel Sommerville and Paul Wiens. He has also studied with Paul Vermel, Samuel Jones and Donald Portnoy at the Conductors Institute of South Carolina, and with Kirk Trevor at the International Conducting Institute.
Josh Mather grew up in suburban Denver and moved to Chicago with his partner Erin in 2009. Josh is honored to be the Founding Assistant Conductor as well as an active board member with the Lakeview Orchestra. During his tenure with the orchestra, Josh has conducted several innovative concerts including two events with local visual artists and a collaboration with the Chicago Planetarium. Josh holds dual bachelor's degrees in music education and trumpet performance from the University of Northern Colorado, as well as some master's degree work in music education at Colorado State University. Josh is an active musical member of the Lakeview community and has been the instrumental music director at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School since 2009. He has facilitated an active partnership between Bernard Zell and the Lakeview Orchestra for the last five years, bringing in orchestra musicians to the school for several symposiums, master classes, and sectionals.