Andrew Sewell celebrates his sixteenth season as Music Director of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. During his tenure he has raised the orchestra to greater artistic heights, expanded the repertoire and developed innovative and adventurous programming. His previous appointments include Music Director of the Wichita and Mansfield Symphony Orchestras, and resident conductor of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. Andrew Sewell is in demand as a guest conductor and has appeared with the Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee, Columbus, Illinois, Monterey, Eugene, Kyushu, New Zealand and Christchurch Symphony Orchestras. He has also guest conducted the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico. Born and raised in New Zealand, he received his musical training on the violin, piano and cornet. He began conducting at the age of 16 and made his professional opera debut at the age of 22 with the Mercury Opera and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Andrew Sewell holds a Masters of Music degree with Honours in conducting from the University of Michigan. In 2013 he received the Rabin Arts Youth Award for Individual Achievement by the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra for his services to youth and education.