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Lance H. Inouye

Instructor of Music, Director of Orchestral Activities

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Lance Inouye, Music Director and Conductor of the Lewis and Clark Orchestra also teaches conducting and music theory.  Inouye previously served on the music staff of Sarasota Opera as Assistant and Cover Conductor where he worked on numerous productions including Le nozze di FigaroHalkaLa rondine, Cosi fan tutteElixir of Love, and Hansel and Gretel, among others.  Inouye made his Sarasota Opera Orchestra debut conducting a highly acclaimed Gala concert of scenes and choruses. At Sarasota Opera, Lance Inouye was also Music Director and Conductor of the Sarasota Youth Opera where he conducted the U.S. premiere of Dean Burry’s The Hobbit, Aaron Copland’s The Second Hurricane, Judith Weir’s The Black Spider, and led the Youth Opera on its first international tour in Italy.  Lance Inouye has also served as Music Director and Conductor of The Opera Intimi Project, Tel Aviv, where he recently conducted Puccini’s Le Villi at Hateiva theatre in Tel Aviv, Israel.  

Inouye previously held the position of Conducting Assistant with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has served as cover conductor for the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra.  He has appeared as guest conductor with Temple University Opera Theatre (Magic Flute), the Naples Philharmonic, Honolulu Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, Queens College Orchestra, and the College-Conservatory of Music Philharmonia and Concert Orchestras in Cincinnati where he served as Assistant Conductor. Active in contemporary music, Inouye has also conducted a number of world premieres in New York’s Carnegie Hall-Weill Recital Hall.

In Russia, Inouye has led the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra “Klassika,” Karelia Philharmonic, Sochi Symphony Orchestra, and the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic of which he served as associate conductor.  He has also performed with soloists of the Mariinsky Theater-Kirov Opera and soloists of the St. Petersburg and Moscow State Conservatories.

Lance Inouye was awarded conducting fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival (American Academy of Conducting at Aspen) where he served as assistant and cover conductor for Aspen Opera Theater’s production of Carmen, as well as the Brevard Music Festival.  At Aspen, Inouye was nominated by David Zinman and Murry Sidlin for the Aspen-Glimmerglass Conducting Prize in 2007.  Inouye studied operatic and orchestral conducting in the doctoral program at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, at Queens College, and in Russia at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory “Rimsky-Korsakov”.