Music Directors

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Robert Nordling

Robert Nordling’s conducting has been characterized as “emphatic,” “dramatic,” and “vivid with a ‘fresh and airy quality and a certain elegance'” (San Francisco Chronicle). Robert serves as the Music Director of the Bandung Philharmonic Orchestra (Indonesia), the Baroque on Beaver Island Music Festival (Northern Michigan), and the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra (Chicago). He has appeared with the Grand Rapids Symphony, the Orquesta Juvenal de Mar del Plata (Argentina), the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute Orchestra, the Cedardell Opera Festival Orchestra, the Wheaton Symphony Orchestra, and chamber orchestras in Chicago, San Francisco, and England. Robert also founded and was the music director of the Bay Chamber Symphony Orchestra (San Francisco).

A sought out clinician and educator, Robert performs orchestra clinics, music educational workshops, and master classes in schools in the USA and abroad. Robert is also an active composer and arranger based in Chicago. Maestro Nordling is pictured above, left.

Christopher Ramaekers

Christopher Ramaekers joined the LFCO in the 2018-2019 season, sharing the music director role with Maestro Nordling. The LFCO is thrilled to welcome him aboard! Dr. Ramaekers is currently Director of Orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Associate Conductor of the Chicago Composers Orchestra. He was winner of the 2011 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting and holds degrees from Western Michigan University and Northwestern University. The LFCO is thrilled to have him aboard.

“I am elated to work with the Lake Forest Civic Orchestra again, this time as Co-Music Director, and also happy to be sharing conducting responsibilities with Robert Nordling,” said Ramaekers. “It is not often that the conductor gets a stand partner and after working together to plan out the current season, I feel confident that there is a promising future ahead for the LFCO!