John V. Sinclair, D.M.A.
Artistic Director and Conductor
Dr. John V. Sinclair was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park in 1990. Under his tenure, the Bach Festival Choir has achieved international recognition by touring extensively in Europe, producing a nationally released CD, and performing with the London Symphony Orchestra during its Florida residencies. Musically he is known for creative interpretations, expressive conducting style, and innovative programming. Dr. Sinclair is one of Florida’s most visible musicians.
In addition to his work with the Bach Festival Society, Sinclair conducts the Walt Disney World Candlelight Processional at EPCOT, directs the Moravian Music Festivals, and participates in recording projects for the Walt Disney Corporation and other entertainment companies. He conducts approximately 150 performances each year. In the past 12 years, Dr. Sinclair has made more than 500 appearances as conductor, clinician, or lecturer throughout the United States and overseas, including conducting a principal mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City. Dr. Sinclair is the Director of Music for Rollins College and holds the John M. Tiedtke Chair of Music. A master teacher, he has received many awards, including the Hugh F. McKean Teaching Award and the Arthur Vining Davis Fellowship, the two highest awards bestowed to Rollins College faculty members. He was twice named United Arts of Central Florida’s Outstanding Music Educator of the Year.