With a career that ranges from symphony to opera, Broadway to chamber music, Maestro Gerald Steichen has established himself as one of America‘s most versatile young conductors. He currently holds the position of Music Director of the Ridgefield Symphony (Connecticut) and the Principal Pops Conductor of the Utah Symphony. He is also the Associate Conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, conducting their Classics concerts, the Pops series, Young People’s Concerts, and summer Parks Concert series.
Steichen is a frequent guest conductor for the Boston Pops Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony, and has appeared with the symphonies of Columbus, Oklahoma City, Eastern Connecticut, Purchase (New York) , Hartford, Wheeling, Memphis, and the New York Pops. International appearances include the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo City Symphony, the NDR Philharmonie Hannover at the Braunschweig Festival, and the Norwegian Radio Symphony.
A gifted pianist, Steichen performed on stage for the New York City Opera’s acclaimed productions of Porgy and Bess and Carmina Burana. He has also appeared on Broadway, portraying Manny, the Accompanist in the Tony Award-winning Master Class. Moving from Broadway performer to conductor, he toured nationally as the associate conductor with The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden, and Peter Pan and was the principal conductor of CATS in New York for two years.
Steichen‘s conducting skills and love for opera eventually led him to a staff position with the New York City Opera. He made his Lincoln Center debut at the State Theatre, conducting performances of La bohème. Pursuing his passion for education, Steichen has also spent eighteen years with the “Meet the Artist” series at Lincoln Center as conductor, clinician and pianist. In 2007, he led the New York City Opera Orchestra and soloists in a live WQXR broadcast of Wall to Wall Opera from New York’s Symphony Space. He has also conducted the Utah Symphony & Opera, Anchorage Opera, New Jersey Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY, and Opera East Texas.
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.