John V. Sinclair





Winter Park Magazine

Winter Park Magazine featuring Dr. Sinclair

Welcome to John V. Sinclair,
Artistic Director and Conductor
John Sinclair Conductor

For more than three decades, John Sinclair has shared his talent and dedication to musical excellence with the Central Florida community and beyond.

Dr. John V. Sinclair enjoys a national reputation as a conductor of choral masterworks, while being known as one of the hardest-working, and most in-demand artists of the Central Florida cultural community. Now in his 28th season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bach Festival Society, he continues his imaginative programming, creative interpretations, and expressive conducting style.  

He has broadened the Society’s musical offerings by integrating masterworks of other great classical and contemporary composers into the repertoire of the society, while perpetuating his reputation as a scholarly interpreter of J.S. Bach’s music.

As a career educator, Sinclair keeps the Society’s educational focus vital by providing a broad range of musical programs and experiences for students of all ages.

Dr. Sinclair, known as a master teacher, is Director of Music at Rollins College and holds the John M. Tiedtke Endowed Chair. He has received many awards during his tenure, including the Sidney Algernon Sullivan Citizen Award, Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship, Hugh and Jeannette McKean Faculty Grant, William E. Barden Distinguished Teaching Award, Cornell Distinguished Service Award, McKean Teaching Prize, and Lifetime Achievement Award. He has twice been named the “Outstanding Music Educator of the Year” by United Arts of Central Florida. Florida International Magazine selected him as one of the state’s “Power Players in the Arts,” and he is listed as one of Winter Park Magazine’s “Most Influential People in Winter Park.”

As a conductor who is equally adept at directing choral and orchestral music, he has been referred to as Central Florida’s “resident conductor.”  In addition to Rollins College and the Bach Festival, he is conductor of the International Moravian Music Festivals in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, and Orlando’s Messiah Choral Society. He has to his credit over 800 performances of Epcot’s Candlelight Processional. He is also a frequent conductor for the Berkshire Choral International Festivals and Orlando Ballet performances.  

Dr. Sinclair has made hundreds of appearances as conductor, clinician, or lecturer throughout the United States and around the world.   The Bach Festival, under his leadership, has achieved international recognition by touring in Europe, producing nationally released CDs, and performing with the London Symphony during their Florida residencies.

Dr. Sinclair holds Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music.  His undergraduate school, William Jewell College, honored him in 2013 with its prestigious Citation for Achievement.

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Rollins College
Rollins College Department of Music

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