Conductor and pianist Juan de Dios Hernandez serves as Assistant Dean of Music in the College of Fine Arts and Production at Grand Canyon University.
A truly flexible conductor, Dr. Hernandez is equally at home on the symphonic podium, in the opera pit, in front of choral ensembles, or leading chamber music performances. Before coming to Grand Canyon University, Dr. Hernandez served as Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. He has served as Conductor of the Arizona Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor and Music Director of the Arizona Opera Theater, Assistant Conductor of the Yale Glee Club and Director of the Yale Glee Club Chamber Singers, Assistant Conductor of the Yale Camerata, and Assistant Conductor of the Yale Symphony Orchestra. His broad and eclectic approach to repertory includes performances in symphonic and symphonic-choral music, choral music with large and small ensembles, concert and fully staged opera productions, musical theater, chamber music, church music, and 20th Century music including world premieres working directly with composers such as Martin Bresnick and Stephen Paulus. He made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting the New England Symphonic Ensemble in April 2018.