From Sitia, on the Island of Crete, Ioannis Protopapas completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at the Ionian University in Corfu, Greece. While there, he directed performances with the Ionian University Orchestra and Ionian University Contemporary Music Ensemble. He completed his Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting with the highest honors at CSULB under Professor Johannes Müller Stosch. At CSULB he served as the graduate assistant conductor for the Bob Cole Conservatory Symphony and the teaching assistant for the Opera Orchestra. During this time, Ioannis was also named a Conducting Fellow for the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra. He is a recipient of the prestigious Onassis Foundation Scholarship. Two years ago, he received the Gerondelis Foundation Scholarship and in 2014, he won third prize in the International Conducting masterclass and competition with the Duna Symphony Orchestra and Michael Dittrich in Budapest, Hungary. He has attended both orchestral and choral conducting seminars and master classes with Andre Thomas, Michalis Economou, Andre van Der Merwe, Basilio Astulez, Miltos Logiadis, Doris Lang Kosloff, and Norbert Baxa. Currently Ioannis is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting at UNLV and he is also the teaching assistant for the UNLV Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Proptopapas made his debut with OLV conducting the West Coast premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavreks’ 27.