Oklahoma City University News
Utah Symphony Appoints Steichen Principal Pops Conductor
Oklahoma City University alumnus Gerald Steichen continues to prove himself one of America’s most versatile conductors, adding an appointment as principal pops conductor with the Utah Symphony to his list of titles.
In addition to his longstanding position as associate conductor of the New Haven Symphony, Steichen also is starting his second season as music director of Connecticut’s Ridgefield Symphony.
With a career that ranges from symphony to opera, Broadway musicals to chamber music, Steichen has conducted the Boston Pops and the New York Pops, the Tokyo City Symphony, and the Norwegian Radio Symphony. He also has led the opening concert of Germany’s Braunschweig Festival.
A classically trained pianist, Steichen also has performed on stage for New York City Opera's productions of "Porgy and Bess" and "Carmina Burana" and performed on Broadway as Manny, the Accompanist in the Tony Award-winning "Master Class." He toured nationally as the associate conductor of "The Phantom of the Opera," "The Secret Garden," and "Peter Pan," and led the final Broadway performance of "CATS."
At New York City Opera, Steichen conducted Jonathan Miller's production of “The Elixir of Love” and a new production of “The Pirates of Penzance.” Also for NYCO, he conducted Jake Heggie's “Dead Man Walking,” two different productions of “The Mikado,” Rodgers & Hammerstein's “Cinderella” and Rachel Portman's “The Little Prince.”
Pursuing his passion for education, Steichen has served18 years with the Meet the Artist series at Lincoln Center as conductor, clinician, and pianist.