Thomas Grisanti was appointed music director of the Kentucky Chamber Orchestra in October 2019. An educator at heart, Grisanti studied Music Education with a focus on Instrumental Music Instruction at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. Under the tutelage of Dr. Jeff Jacobsen, accomplished conductor and bassist, Mr. Grisanti took advantage of the many opportunities Mansfield University had to offer to advance his knowledge of string pedagogy and instrumental conducting. This unique educational opportunity has served Mr. Grisanti well over the last five years working for Jefferson County Public Schools as the orchestra director of Southern High School, Knight Middle School, and Laukhuf and Blue Lick Elementary Schools. Currently the orchestra director of Waggener High School, Mr. Grisanti is excited for the opportunities that the Kentucky Chamber Orchestra presents to further the music education and enrich the musical community for the members of the Louisville community and beyond.
Executive Director and Associate Conductor
Ben Crouch is an experienced cellist and learning conductor from the Greater Louisville, Kentucky area. He founded the Kentucky Chamber Orchestra in 2017 as the Kentuckiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and currently serves as Executive Director and Associate Conductor.
Mr. Crouch has performed as a guest soloist for the Oldham County Middle School and High School choirs. In 2018, he performed as a soloist with members of the University of Louisville’s “Louisville String Academy” as well as members of the University of Louisville Symphony Orchestra. In 2019, he performed as a soloist with the Kentuckiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He has played in masterclasses with Paul York, professor of cello at the University of Louisville, and Ross Harbaugh, professor of cello at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music. During the summer of 2019, Mr. Crouch attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts’ cello institute and 6-week intensive orchestra program. As a conductor, he previously served as the assistant conductor of the East Oldham Middle School string orchestra for beginning string players. He has also, on occasion, conducted the Oldham County Middle School Band, as well as the Oldham County High School Symphonic Band. In his role as associate conductor, Mr. Crouch serves as the principal cellist of the Kentucky Chamber Orchestra, occasionally leading the orchestra in rehearsal and performance. While off the podium, he can be found teaching cello as he works to grow his studio as a private instructor. In his administrative role as executive director, Mr. Crouch works to grow the Kentucky Chamber Orchestra to its full potential.