Music Director

Music Director

Brent Chancellor is Music Director of LUX and acting Music Director of the Montclair State University Opera. Recent engagements include Cover Conductor with New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor to Stéphane Denève, Martin West and Joel Revzen at Festival Napa Valley, Conducting Assistant with Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Cover Conductor for concerts featuring André Watts, Leon Fleisher, Robert Levin, Joyce Yang, Angel Blue and Lester Lynch. He is Assistant Conductor of New Jersey Festival Orchestra and since 2017, has served on faculty of International Vocal Arts Institute.

An award-winning composer and dedicated advocate for new music, his works have been performed at Festival of New American Music, Festival of the Arts, Center for Contemporary Art and NY Fashion Week. In 2015, Brent led the New Jersey premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s, Licht Bogen and regularly champions the works of living and contemporary composers.

Equally devoted to opera, Brent has collaborated with musicians and emerging artists from The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, La Scala and Lyric Opera of Chicago. Hailed by Mignon Dunn as “a real singers’ conductor”, his opera repertoire includes Ariadne auf NaxosLa TraviataThe Rake’s ProgressDon Pasquale, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madame ButterflyDon GiovanniLa Bohème, Die Zauberflöte, L’enfant et les sortilèges, Tamerlano and The Rape of Lucretia.

Devoted to music education, Brent founded the LUX initiative to engage new audiences with symphonic music in 2016. Recent projects include collaborating with the South Orange Performing Arts Center to provide student outreach concerts featuring Grammy Award-winning violinist, Zach Brock. Bent has also presented pre-concert talks and outreach at the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, UC Davis, CSUS and the John J. Cali School of Music.

A native of California, Brent studied conducting with Paul Nadler (Metropolitan Opera), Ken Lam (Charleston Symphony Orchestra) and composition with Steve Blumberg. He has also worked with many recognized musicians in workshops and coachings, including conductors Riccardo Muti, Markand Thakar, Peter Bay and Ken Kiesler, composers George Crumb, Steve Reich, Pauline Oliveros and Aaron J. Kernis, and opera coaches Benton Hess, Joan Dornemann and Sherrill Milnes. Brent holds degrees in composition, piano and conducting.