Maurice Cohn

Assistant Conductor

Marena & Roger Gault Chair

Maurice Cohn joined the DSO as Assistant Conductor (Marena & Roger Gault Chair) in September 2021. In his time with the orchestra, he has conducted family concerts, youth programs and special events as well as acts as cover conductor for Music Director Fabio Luisi and all guest conductors on the Texas Instruments Classical Series. Cohn led the world premiere of Mason Bates’s Philharmonia Fantastique in October 2021, and he conducted the DSO for the Mavericks’s Dirk Nowitzki jersey retirement event in January 2022.

A 2020 recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, Maurice Cohn was previously Assistant Conductor of the Eastman Philharmonia and is a regular guest conductor with the Chicago-based contemporary ensemble Zafa Collective. He has served as Cover Conductor for the Atlanta and National Symphony Orchestras, Assistant Conductor for the National Music Festival and a guest assistant at Oberlin Conservatory. Maurice spent two summers as a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival, where he received the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize (2019) and the Aspen Conducting Prize (2021).

He will return to the festival as Assistant Conductor for the 2022 season. He received an M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, where he worked frequently with the Eastman orchestras and OSSIA New Music Ensemble. He holds a B.M. in cello performance from Oberlin Conservatory and a B.A. from Oberlin College, where he studied history and mathematics. Cohn will continue as Assistant Conductor through the 2022/23 season.