Music Director, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras
Allen Tinkham is increasingly recognized as one of the most gifted conductors and teachers of his generation. He is hailed by the Chicago Tribune as one of Chicago's most important "educators, mentors and inspirational guides in the training of tomorrow's orchestral professionals," working "wonders" in concerts performed at a "professional-level."

As Music Director of Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Tinkham oversees all artistic programming and faculty for the organization. He has led the Symphony Orchestra to wide acclaim in domestic and international tours to Europe and South America including performances in some of the world's greatest halls, from New York's Carnegie Hall to Leipzig's Gewandhaus to Montevideo's Teatro Solis.

With CYSO, Tinkham has won the Illinois Council of Orchestras' Programming and Youth Orchestra of the Year awards twice each. As a champion of contemporary music, he has won eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music with CYSO. He has premiered many new works for orchestra with CYSO, including works of Augusta Reed Thomas and Marc Anthony Turnage.

In addition to his post with CYSO, Tinkham serves as Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's annual "Welcome Yule!" production. Tinkham is also on faculty at the New York Summer Music Festival and the Columbia College of Chicago, and is in high demand as a guest conductor and teacher, having conducted All-State festival orchestras across the country. Guest conducting engagements this season include the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestras, and the Texas All-State Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to his appointment in Chicago, Tinkham served as Apprentice Conductor of the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, where he mentored under Music Director James DePreist.

Tinkham received the Bachelor of Music with Distinction in a Double Major of Theory and Double Bass from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music from the University of Michigan in Orchestral Conducting. At the University of Michigan he served as Music Director of both the Campus Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras and received the Helen and Clyde Wu Conducting Fellowship, the youngest conductor to receive these distinctions. He continued his conducting studies for many summers at the American Academy of Conducting in Aspen and at the Conductors Retreat at Medomak. Tinkham's principal teachers include David Effron, Murry Sidlin, and Kenneth Kiesler, and he has also studied with David Zinman and James DePriest.