WYSO Alumni Conductor Andrew George

Dr. Andrew George

GeorgeDr. Andrew George is Director of Orchestras and Associate Professor of Conducting at Texas Tech University, where he conducts the University Symphony Orchestra, University Opera productions, and teaches graduate courses in orchestral conducting. Prior to his current position, Dr. George spent four years as Associate Director of Orchestras at the University of Michigan, where he conducted the University Philharmonia Orchestra, the Contemporary Directions Ensemble, University Opera productions, and taught courses in orchestral conducting.

Dr. George is equally at home with professional, university, and youth ensembles, with numerous appearances throughout the US and abroad. He recently appeared as conductor of the All-Northwest Orchestra, an ensemble comprised of the top all-state musicians from the six states in the MENC Northwest Division. Recent international guest conducting engagements include the National Symphony Orchestra of Honduras, Bicentennial Youth Orchestra of Curanilahue, Chile, and an invitation from the Hong Kong government to conduct their Summer Youth Orchestra. Additionally, Dr. George has appeared as guest conductor with the Columbus Symphony, BalletMet of Columbus, Toledo Symphony, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Edgewood Chamber Symphony, All-Northwest Orchestra, Wisconsin Middle-level All State Orchestra, Vermont All-State Orchestra, Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic Honors Orchestra, and the Hong Kong Lui Ming Choi Youth Orchestra. He also served as Principal Conductor of the Composers Alliance Orchestra and Kanopy Dance Company. Additional appointments included Assistant Conductor for a recording on the Naxos label with the BBC Singers and orchestra in London, Assistant Conductor for Union Opera, and Cover Conductor for the Madison Symphony Orchestra. George appears on the CD Porter Ambrose King, released on Boston Records. Dr. George has collaborated with many of today’s significant living composers, including John Corgliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Karen Tanaka, William Bolcolm, David Schiff, Betsy Jolas, Robert Beaser, Michael Colgrass, Evan Chambers, David Lang, and Michael Daugherty.

An active clinician and teacher, George has taught conducting at the Conductors Guild Workshop, American String Workshop, and the Conductors Retreat at Medomak. He has appeared as guest clinician in many states throughout the country, in addition to presenting at the Michigan Music Educator’s Conference, Wisconsin State Music Conference, Texas Music Educators Conference, and at Oxford University, England. Prior to his appointment at the University of Michigan, George was Director of Orchestral Activities at Ohio University. George received his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Michigan, his Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin, and his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan. Prior to his Doctoral Studies, George taught orchestra and strings in the Madison (WI) Public Schools for seven years. His conducting teachers include Kenneth Kiesler, David Becker, James Smith, Marvin Rabin, Martin Katz, Donald Schleicher, Louis Bergonzi, and H. Robert Reynolds. George has had additional conducting training at workshops with Gustav Meier and Michael Tilson Thomas.

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