Director of Choral Activities
Versatile and critically-acclaimed conductor, Edward Polochick is founder and Artistic Director of Concert Artists of Baltimore, an all-professional orchestra and vocal ensemble of eighty musicians, which he founded in 1987. Since his appointment as Music Director of Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra (Nebraska) in 1998, he has expanded the orchestra’s music series through innovative classical music programs, family concerts, July 4th, educational, multi-media and pops concerts. Additionally, since 1979, Mr. Polochick has been a member of the conducting faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore as Associate Conductor of Orchestras, Director of Choral Ensembles, and Opera Conductor. An award-winning pianist and harpsichordist, he regularly conducts from the keyboard with Concert Artists, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared as piano soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Sir Neville Marriner.
Since winning the first Leopold Stokowski Conducting Award in 1978 and, as a result, conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra, he continues to attract world-wide attention as an orchestral, choral and operatic conductor. In addition to conducting the Philadelphia and Baltimore Symphony Orchestras, his guest appearances include the Houston Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, Omaha Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Aalborg Symphony (Denmark), Daejeon Philharmonic (South Korea), St. Petersburg Symphony (Russia) and the State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra (Mexico).
From 1979-1999 Mr. Polochick was on the conducting staff of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as Director of the Symphony Chorus, founder and director of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus Chamber Singers, and frequent guest conductor. During his tenure with the BSO, he established annual Holiday Pops and Messiah performances which have remained a Baltimore holiday tradition for nearly three decades. In the summer of 1987, Mr. Polochick was conductor of the Musicisti Americani Summer Festival in Sulmona, Italy. In autumn of that same year, he conducted the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in Moscow, the first appearance of an American student orchestra in the Soviet Union. In recognition of the Moscow tour, Mr. Polochick received an ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming of American Music.
Mr. Polochick resides in Baltimore and is frequently asked to share his knowledge and love of music at various lecture series, adjudications and radio broadcasts. Each year renowned broadcaster, Marc Steiner, invites him to co-host his radio program celebrating music of the holiday season. He is also a regular panelist on Face the Music, a radio review program of recordings hosted by Jonathan Palevsky of WBJC-FM, Baltimore. For nearly two decades, he and Mr. Palevsky have been co-hosting WBJC’s annual Christmas Program.
In 2000 Edward Polochick received the Peggy and Yale Gordon Achievement Award and was made an honorary member of the Baltimore Music Club. Two years later he was awarded the coveted Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumnus Award. In 2004 he was named Baldwin Scholar at the University of Notre Dame of Maryland where he held lectures, demonstrations and panels on the creative act of music. With his success in building LSO’s season and adding July 4th concerts, he was awarded the ‘Keys to the City’ by Lincoln’s Mayor in 2007. In 2010, as a result of Maestro Polochick’s significant contribution to the quality of life in Nebraska, he received a commission from Governor David Heineman as an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy.