February 4, 2016 │Macon, GA — The Macon Symphony Orchestra announced today the appointment of Gerald Steichen as the Orchestra’s new Music Director. Steichen was Guest Conductor at the MSO’s Symphonic Tricks & Orchestral Treats concert in October of 2015. “We received such a favorable response from our musicians and from the community when Jerry was here,” said Sheryl Towers, CEO of the MSO. “We are very fortunate that he will bring his extraordinary creativity and passion to the orchestra as we prepare for our 40th Season. The MSO has been led by a series of wonderful guest conductors for the last two years, but a Music Director is invaluable for artistic planning and energizing our future as we introduce a new generation to orchestral music.”
With a career that ranges from symphony to opera, Broadway to chamber music, Steichen has established himself as one of America’s most versatile conductors. Steichen is in his eighth season as Music Director of the Ridgefield (Connecticut) Symphony Orchestra, served the New Haven Symphony as Associate and Principal Pops conductor for fifteen seasons, and recently completed eleven seasons as the Principal Pops conductor of the Utah Symphony. He has guest conducted the Boston Pops, Detroit Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and the Oregon Symphony among others. Steichen conducted the New York City Opera for ten seasons, toured nationally with The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden, and Peter Pan, and conducted Cats in New York for two years. He has also appeared on Broadway, portraying Manny, the Accompanist in the Tony Award-winning Master Class.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Macon Symphony as its newest Music Director,” said Steichen. “Macon has an incredible tradition of supporting the symphony and the arts, and I’m so looking forward to becoming a part of the greater community. During my audition week, I found the musicians of the orchestra to be wonderfully motivated and committed to excellence in performance. The board is very engaged, and the entire community was so welcoming. I can’t wait to be a part of the next chapter of the Macon Symphony.”
Originally from Tonkawa, Oklahoma, Maestro Steichen holds degrees from Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma City University and the University of Southern California. A resident of New York, Steichen will be a regular visitor in Macon throughout the concert season.
The press is invited to a “Meet ‘N Greet” with Maestro Steichen on Wednesday, February 24 at 3pm at the MSO Offices, 400 Poplar Street, Macon, GA 31201. The event is sponsored by The Gables at Wolf Creek.
The mission of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1976, is to educate and enrich the people of Middle Georgia through live professional symphonic music. Each season the orchestra performs a wide variety of classical concerts, pops and young people’s concerts. For more information about the Macon Symphony Orchestra, please visit maconsymphony.com or call 478/301-5300.