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With a career that ranges from symphony to opera and from Broadway to chamber music, Maestro Gerald Steichen has established himself as one of America’s most versatile conductors. He is currently music director of the Ridgefield Symphony (Connecticut), and he completed twelve seasons as principal pops conductor of the Utah Symphony, as well as fifteen seasons as principal pops conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.
Steichen is a frequent guest conductor for the Boston Pops and the New Jersey Symphony. International appearances include the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo City Symphony, the NDR Philharmonie Hannover at the Braunschweig Festival, and numerous appearances with the Norwegian Radio Symphony.
During ten seasons with the New York City Opera, Steichen led performances including La bohème, L'elisir d'amore, Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking, and Rachel Portman’s The Little Prince. A gifted pianist, he performed on stage for the New York City Opera’s acclaimed productions of Porgy and Bess and Carmina Burana. Steichen toured nationally as the associate conductor of 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. Pursuing his passion for education,
Originally from Tonkawa, Oklahoma, Maestro Steichen holds degrees from Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma City University, and the University of Southern California. He currently resides in New York City.