Jonathan Girard enjoys a reputation as a musical force equally versed in symphonic repertoire, opera, and new music. Committed to engaging audiences with thrilling performances, Girard dedicates himself to raising the standard of orchestral training in Western Canada in his role as the Director of Orchestras at the University of British Columbia School of Music.
Recently, Girard was appointed to the conducting faculty at the Marrowstone Music Festival, where he led the Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert of Verdi, Respighi, and Rimsky-Korsakov. He also serves as the assistant conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Whistler Institute Orchestra. In the summer of 2015, Girard made his European operatic conducting debut with the European Music Academy leading the North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of Le nozze di Figaro in opera houses across the Czech Republic. Girard was the assistant conductor of the Ohio Light Opera from 2012-2014 and cover conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (NY) in 2012.
A champion of new music, Girard is in the midst of a two-year recording project for the Centrediscs label recording concerti by British Columbia composers. In May 2015, he premièred Stephen Chatman’s new opera, Choir Practice, released by Centrediscs in May 2016. Girard has conducted world premières of works by Ricardo Zohn Muldoon, Elizabeth Kelly, JungSun Kang, and John Liberatore, among others. He conducted the North American premières of NONcerto for Trumpet and Orchestra by Richard Ayres, Saturnalia and Endre és Johanna by Emmerich Kálmán, and Sequentia by Arvo Pärt.
Jonathan Girard was the Visiting Artist Conductor at the University of Northern Iowa School of Music in 2010-2011 and has held positions as the music director of the New Eastman Outreach Orchestra and Waltham Philharmonic (MA), associate conductor of the Brockton Symphony Orchestra (MA), principal guest conductor of the Boston Orpheus Ensemble and assistant conductor of the Portland (ME) Opera Repertory Theatre. At the Eastman School of Music, he studied conducting with Neil Varon and was the assistant conductor of the Eastman Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonia, and the Eastman Opera Theatre.