Michael Morgan has led the Oakland East Bay Symphony for over a decade. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic several times at the invitation of Leonard Bernstein, and also has conducted the New York City Opera, the National, Haifa, Baltimore, Houston, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, and Vancouver symphonies, as well as the Royal Flanders, Los Angeles, and Warsaw philharmonics and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
In addition to his duties with Oakland East Bay Symphony, Maestro Morgan serves as artistic director of Oakland Youth Orchestra, music director of Sacramento Philharmonic, artistic director of Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, artistic advisor to the Peoria Symphony in Illinois, and teaches the graduate conducting course at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
While a student at Oberlin, he spent a summer at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, where he studied under Gunther Schuller and Seiji Ozawa and worked with Leonard Bernstein. After winning the Hans Swarowski International Conductors Competition at age 23, he became assistant conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, under Leonard Slatkin. He returns annually to teach conducting at Tanglewood.
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