Since its founding in 1936, the BMC (located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina) has become one of the country's main summer institutes and festivals — the Interlochen of the South. The school hosts 400 students each year.
Lockhart's five-year contract stipulates that he will spend a minimum of two weeks at BMC each summer and lead up to four concerts.
Born in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1959, Lockhart attended Brevard in 1974 and 1975, first as a pianist and then as a bass clarinetist. He received the center's distinguished alumnus award in 1998.
"Brevard Music Center holds a very unique place in my heart," he said. "Having spent two influential summers here as a teenager myself, I understand the importance of fostering the talent of focused and committed young musicians."
Lockhart has been music director of the Utah Symphony since 1998. This year marks his twelfth season as conductor of the Boston Pops.