Bachelor in German, summa cum laude, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, 1981. Bachelor of Music Piano Performance, summa cum laude, Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, 1981. Master of Fine Arts in Orchestra Conducting, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, 1983.
Doctor (honorary), Boston Conservatory, 1996. Doctor (honorary), Northeastern University, 1998. Doctor (honorary), Furman University, 2000.
Doctor (honorary), Center College, Danville, Kentucky. Doctor (honorary), Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio.
Member conductors faculty Carnegie Mellon University, 1983-1989. Music director Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, 1987-1990. Assistant conductor Akron Symphony Orchestra, 1988-1990, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, 1990-1992, associate conductor, 1992-1995.
Music director Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, 1992-1999, Boston Pops Orchestra, since 1995, Utah Symphony Orchestra, 1998—2009, conductor laureate, since 2009. Artistic advisor, principal conductor Brevard Music Center, North Carolina, since 2007. Conductor Utah Symphony, Olympic Winter Games, 2002, Olympic Arts Festival, 2002.
Member advisory board Music Educators National Conference. Guest conductor Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Montana Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Orchestra Sinfonica de Tucuman, Argentina, New Japan Philharmonic.
Member condrs. faculty Carnegie-Mellon University, 1983-1989. Member of advisory board Music Educators National Conference. Member Conductors" Guild American, Symphony Orchestra League, American Federation Musicians.
Married Ann Louise Heatherington, August 22, 1981 (divorced 1983).