Now in his 24th season as music director of the DSO, Maestro Swerling’s innovative programming and enthusiastic podium presence have helped lead the Orchestra’s growth and development to many record achievements including ticket sales, fundraising, education programs and most importantly, artistic success. Last year, the Danville community honored his accomplishments by establishing the Jeremy A. Swerling Podium Endowment.
Born in Oklahoma City and raised in Syosset, New York, Mr. Swerling began his musical studies in clarinet at age 6. While attending a cultural arts high school he was introduced to conducting and subsequently went on to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Conducting and Clarinet with honors from the State University of New York, College at Purchase. After teaching music theory and chamber music at his alma mater for two years, Mr. Swerling attended Indiana University’s School of Music in Bloomington, where he earned his Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting. Subsequent doctoral work led to both his appointments as assistant conductor of the Bloomington Symphony in 1987 and as first Conducting Fellow of the Indianapolis Symphony in 1989. These positions led him to Danville, Illinois where, in 1990 he became Music Director of the Danville Symphony Orchestra.
In 1993 he joined the Sacramento Symphony as Resident Conductor. His work at the Sacramento Symphony led him to the position of Senior Vice President of Cala Records – a UK based independent classical recording label where Mr. Swerling managed all phases of Cala Records including sales, finance marketing and production of over 100 titles. In addition to his position with Cala Records, Maestro Swerling was the Music Director of the North East Texas Symphony from 1998-2003.
Mr. Swerling has conducted several orchestras including Janacek and Bohuslav Martinu Orchestras in the Czeck Republic, with which he made two CDs of oboe concertos, as well as the Indianapolis Symphony, Indianapolis Philharmonic, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Lafayette Symphony, and Arkansas Philharmonic.
Jeremy, his wife, Amy Helsel, and sons Ari and Solomon reside in Baltimore, Maryland.