Yehuda Gilad is the Associate Professor of Winds and Percussion at the USC Thornton School of Music, as well as a guest conductor for the USC Thornton Chamber Orchestra. He served as conductor and music director of the Colonial Symphony of New Jersey from 1988 until 2003. Under his leadership, the orchestra became the only one in the area to receive an NEA grant for seven consecutive years, and was also recognized by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for its artistry and programming merits. 

Gilad’s guest conducting appearances have brought him critical acclaim in both the United States and Europe, where he has conducted throughout Spain, Sweden, Germany and France. For his contributions to music, he has earned numerous accolades including Distinguished Teacher Award from the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. To learn more about Yehuda Gilad, visit www.usc.edu/schools/music/private/faculty/gilad.php