Meet the Music Director: Jonathan Allentoff
Jonathan Allentoff is a nationally acclaimed conductor, composer, performer, clinician, and educator. He holds a Master of Arts degree specializing in Music, Interdisciplinary Arts, Education, and Technology with Honors from Stony Brook University’s School of Professional Development.
He received the Dr. Deborah C. Hecht Award for his MA thesis, “The Positive Cultural Impact of Community Orchestras.” He also holds a Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude in Interdisciplinary Arts and Music from The College at Brockport, State University of New York.
In addition to serving as the founding music director of the Brockport Symphony Orchestra, he holds positions as the founding music director of Temple Beth El Orchestra, music director of the GPAS Greece Community Orchestra, associate conductor, principal arranger, and principal viola for the Brighton Symphony Orchestra, President of the Greece Performing Arts Society, founder and manager of Allentoff Music (ASCAP), strings instructor at Hillel Community Day School, and composition mentor for the LA Inception Orchestra.
Jonathan conducted his film score and popular song arrangements at the 2022 ASMAC Summer Concert celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Warner Bros. at Evergreen Studios in Burbank and conducted and performed with the Flight 584 Big Band at the Mayflower Club in North Hollywood. He was invited to present a multimedia workshop on popular music and silent films at the 2022 APME National Conference at the Detroit Institute of Music Education. He serves as a conducting clinician and principal viola for the NYSSMA/NYASTA Directors' Orchestra in Albany.
Jonathan’s works and licensed arrangements have been performed by ensembles across the globe. He was recently commissioned to write custom arrangements for the Pittsburgh, Knoxville, Muncie, Salina, and Vermont Symphony Orchestras and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
Jonathan serves on the Executive Board of NYASTA and the LA Inception Orchestra Board of Directors, and he is honored to be an esteemed listee in Marquis Who's Who in America 2021 and a Marquis Who's Who Top Artist. His commercial soundtracks distributed in partnership with Songtradr are available on Spotify, Amazon Music, and Apple Music. He is an active member of the Association for Popular Music Education (APME), American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC), American String Teachers Association (ASTA), College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), and New York ASTA (New York Chapter - American String Teachers Association).