A conductor focused on inspiring and educating young musicians, Simon Lipskar has been the Conductor of the New Jersey Youth Symphony Youth Orchestra since 2006, having previously conducted the NJYS Philharmonia from 2004 to 2006. He conducts in the summers at the Kinhaven Music School, where he was a student himself as a teenager, and he regularly guest conducts at the Third Street Music Settlement in New York City. He served as Assistant Conductor of the Brooklyn Philharmonic under Robert Spano, as well as for a number of other orchestras and opera companies. A member of Tanglewood’s prestigious Conductor’s Seminar led by Robert Spano and Gustav Meier, he took part in master classes led by Seiji Ozawa, Bernard Haitink, Andre Previn, and Joseph Silverstein. He received his Master’s in Orchestral Conducting from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied under Michael Morgan and Denis de Coteau and was awarded the Conducting Department Award in Honor of Outstanding Contributions to the Conservatory Ensembles. A graduate of Yale University where he received a B.A. in Religious Studies, he was a Juilliard Pre-college violinist, pianist, and composer and was an award-winning chamber musician as a teenager, performing in Alice Tully Hall among many other venues. Alongside his extensive work with young orchestral musicians, Simon is President of Writers House, a leading literary agency in New York, where he represents many of today’s bestselling and award-winning authors.