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Personal Profile of Mr. Michael Morgan

Michael Morgan, who celebrates his 26th season with Oakland Symphony this year, was born in Washington, DC, where he attended public schools and began conducting at the age of 12. While a student at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, he spent a summer at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, studying with Gunther Schuller and Seiji Ozawa. He first worked with Leonard Bernstein during that same summer.

His operatic debut was in 1982 at the Vienna State Opera. In 1986, Sir Georg Solti chose him to become the Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for seven years, under both Solti and Daniel Barenboim. In 1986 he was invited by Leonard Bernstein to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic. As a guest conductor he has appeared with most of America’s major orchestras.

In addition to his duties with the Symphony and Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, Michael Morgan serves as Music Director of Bear Valley Music Festival and is Music Director Emeritus of the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera. He also serves on the boards of Oaktown Jazz Workshops and Purple Silk Music Education Foundation, and he was recently elected to a four-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. He has taught the graduate conducting course at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and makes many appearances in the nation’s schools each year.
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Board of Trustees Mar 01, 2015 Feb 28, 2019