Kalena Bovell, Music Director and Conductor

Described as a conductor who possesses innate confidence and charisma, Kalena has held conducting fellowships with the Allentown Symphony and the Chicago Sinfonietta. The opportunity with Sinfonietta allowed her to work closely with Mei-Ann Chen and take part in Maestro Paul Freeman’s vision of fostering and promoting cultural diversity within classical music. Because of her success in the program, Kalena was made assistant conductor for the 2016 – 2017 season and made her professional debut with them as part of the MLK Tribute concerts in Chicago’s Symphony Center.

In addition to her duties with the Civic Orchestra, Ms. Bovell is the Music Director at the Loomis Chaffee School, Kalena was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is a graduate of Chapman University's College of the Performing Arts where she received a BM degree in Music Education. She received a MM degree and Graduate Professional Diploma in Orchestral Conducting from University of Hartford's The Hartt School where she was a student of Edward Cumming.

In addition to conducting, Kalena is an accomplished violinist, performing with the Southeast Symphony at Disney Hall as well as recording artists Eye Alaska. Kalena is also a published poet and released her first collection of poems titled “Dear Soul…” in 2009.