James Fellenbaum is in his eighth year with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, having joined during the 2006- 2007 season as a Guest Conductor, before becoming Resident Conductor in 2008. His duties with the KSO include serving as cover conductor for the KSO’s subscription series, and conducting Outreach, Pops and Young People’s Concerts. He was also recently appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra, and is currently in his fourth season with the KSYO. In addition to his KSO duties, Maestro Fellenbaum has been the Director of Orchestras at the University of Tennessee since the Fall of 2003. The UT Orchestra Program includes the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra (founded in 2004), Opera Orchestra, Studio Orchestra and the Contemporary Music Ensemble (founded in 2006).
Maestro Fellenbaum has conducted orchestras nationally and internationally, including recent guest conducting engagements with the Orange County Symphony, American Youth Philharmonic, the Symphony of the Mountains, the Chicago ensemble Fulcrum Point New Music Project, the Johnson City Symphony Orchestra, the Satu-Mare State Philharmonic and Sinfonia Bucharest Orchestra of Romania, and the Russe Philharmonic and Vidin Philharmonic of Bulgaria. Maestro Fellenbaum was invited to the 2006 First International Gennady Rozhdestvensky Conductors Competition, where he was a top 5 Finalist out of 112 conductors from 26 countries around the world.
Maestro Fellenbaum holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violoncello performance from James Madison University in Virginia, and holds a double Masters degree in violoncello performance and orchestral conducting from Northwestern.