Park Record – Conner Gray Covington named as Deer Valley Music Festival’s principal conductor


Conner Gray Covington has been given a new title for this year’s Deer Valley Music Festival.

The Utah Symphony Associate Director is now also the festival’s principal conductor, a role he will jump into when he leads the orchestra and Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti Friday night at the Snow Park Amphitheater.

“It’s really a great honor, and it will be nice to have a little more say in the types of programming we do with the festival,” Covington said. “I have a great relationship with the musicians, staff and management and music director Thierry Fischer. And I’m looking forward to an expanded role up there in the summer.”

Covington is also looking forward to collaborating with a slate of guest artists that includes Botti on Friday and the Indigo Girls on Aug. 10.