Joshua Hong currently serves as Emeritus Conductor of the Baltimore-based Occasional Symphony, having previously served as Music Director for four seasons. He also serves as Co-Music Director of Rice University's Campanile Orchestra. In addition to his regular appearances with the Shepherd School Orchestras this season, Joshua will serve as cover conductor for Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Robert Spano at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Last season, Joshua made his professional guest conducting debut leading a subscription concert with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. His performances have been described as “supple, buoyant… sensitively conducted” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun). Previously, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Peabody Opera Theatre Orchestra.
Joshua holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from Peabody Conservatory, where he studied under Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar. He is currently furthering his studies in orchestral conducting under Larry Rachleff at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. This past summer, Joshua studied under Federico Cortese and Robert Spano as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
Joshua was a founding member of the Atlas Quartet, winners of Peabody Conservatory’s Yale Gordon Chamber Fellowship and semi-finalists in the 2014 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Masao Kawasaki.