Assistant Conductor


Winner of the 2014 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Lee Mills is internationally recognized for his vibrant and multifaceted style.

Mr. Mills was selected for the prestigious Baltimore Symphony Orchestra-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship, and earned his Graduate Performance Diploma and Artist Diploma from the Peabody Institute, where he studied with Gustav Meier and Marin Alsop. He was the founding music director of the Divertimento Chamber Orchestra in Walla Walla, Washington, and he has recently conducted concerts with the symphony orchestras of Saint Louis, Baltimore, and Bozeman, as well as the Moscow Ballet, the Montana Ballet Company, and diverse other groups. Mr. Mills served as the assistant and rehearsal conductor for the productions of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Cosí fan tutte, and Le Nozze di Figaro at the Gran Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Italy.

Alongside David Robertson, Mr. Mills conducted the Saint Louis Symphony in the U.S. premiere performance of John Cage’s Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras. He has also conducted several concerts with the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, where he was mentored by Robert Spano, and collaborated with George Manahan in a production of Bernstein’s Candide with the Aspen Opera Theater.

After completing three years as music director of the Towson University Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Mills started his position as Assistant Conductor with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra in 2014.