Thomas Elefant founded the Handel Festival Orchestra in 2009. He previously served as musical director of the Inter-Generation Symphony, Israel (2000-2006), The Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Indiana (1985-1997), and the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, MT (1980-1985). He also served as assistant conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Israeli Army Band. Mr. Elefant studied conducting with Thomas Baldner, Igor Markevitch, and Otto-Werner Mueller. He has participated in the Tanglewood Conductors' Program, Academia Chigiana Musicale in Italy, and the Jerusalem Symphony Conductors' Program. In addition, he is a musician in his own right playing the viola, violin, French horn, and baritone horn.
Maestro Elefant holds a Masters of Music in Conducting from Indiana University and a Bachelor in Music Education from New York University. He has also studied Theory and Composition at the Jerusalem Academy of Music.
To present live concerts to the public, showcasing the unique lyricism, sweeping emotions, and romantic sense of mood in G.F. Handel's music.
To train advanced amateur musicians and young aspiring professional musicians while fostering a love of orchestral playing.
To bring live music to senior centers, nursing homes, and hospitals where elder residents can enjoy concerts.