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Robert Porco

Robert Porco, Director

Robert Porco became director of choruses for The Cleveland Orchestra in 1998, following in a line of distinguished Cleveland choral leaders that has included Boris Goldovsky, Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, Robert Page, and Gareth Morell.

Throughout his career, Mr. Porco has been active as a conductor of opera, and of choral and orchestral works. As a regular guest conductor and director of choruses for the Cincinnati May Festival, he has guest-conducted the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, and other orchestras in the United States and Europe. Mr. Porco has prepared choruses for such prominent conductors as Pierre Boulez, James Conlon, Andrew Davis, Christoph von Dohnányi, Raymond Leppard, James Levin, Jesús López-Cobos, Zubin Mehta, André Previn, Kurt Sanderling, Leonard Slatkin, Robert Shaw, and Franz Welser-Möst, among others.

Robert Porco served as chairman of the choral department at Indiana University for 18 years, from 1980-98, and was artistic director and conductor of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir for the past decade. Since 1989, he has directed the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus.