Stevenson Professor of Practice
M.M., University of Utah
B.A., Bethel College
Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters, Le Moyne College
Daniel Hege is widely recognized as one of America's finest young conductors, earning critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire and for his commitment to creative programming. He served for 11 seasons as the music director of the Syracuse Symphony and in June 2009 was appointed music director of the Wichita Symphony, beginning his tenure with that orchestra in September 2010. In 2009, he was appointed the Stevenson Professor of Practice at the Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University.
Following a nationwide search, Mr. Hege was named music director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in April 1999. In June 2001 he completed a five-year tenure with the Baltimore Symphony, where he held the titles of assistant, associate and resident conductor and led the orchestra in subscription, family, and run-out concerts. Mr. Hege has also served as associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, assistant conductor of the Pacific Symphony, music director of the Encore Chamber Orchestra in Chicago, and music director of the Chicago Youth Symphony, where he was twice honored by the American Symphony Orchestra League for innovative programming.
Mr. Hege has guest conducted the Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Indianapolis, Oregon, Colorado, San Diego, Columbus, and Phoenix symphonies; the Rochester, Buffalo, and Calgary Philharmonics; and at the Grand Teton and Aspen Music Festivals. International engagements include leading the Singapore Symphony and the St. Petersburg Symphony at the Winter Nights Festival. In addition, Mr. Hege has worked with the Syracuse Opera, with which he conducted productions of Madame Butterfly, La Traviata, Tosca, and Don Pasquale.
In April 2003 Mr. Hege led the Syracuse Symphony in a critically acclaimed concert at a sold-out Carnegie Hall. He has also made two recordings: a disc with the Baltimore Symphony and the Morgan State University Choir featuring works by Adolphus Hailstork, and a CD with the Syracuse Symphony with works by Verdi, Barber, Debussy, Respighi, and James Johnson.
Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Louisiana, Rochester, and Orlando Philharmonics; Louisville Orchestra; the Pacific, Puerto Rico, Grand Rapids, Tulsa, and Memphis symphonies; and at the Music Academy of the West.
Mr. Hege received a bachelor of arts degree in 1987 from Bethel College, Kansas, where he majored in music and history. He continued his studies at the University of Utah, receiving a master of music degree in orchestra conducting and also founding the University Chamber Orchestra and serving as assistant conductor of the University Orchestra and music director of the Utah Singers. He subsequently studied with Paul Vermel at the Aspen Music Festival and in Los Angeles with noted conductor and pedagogue Daniel Lewis.
In May 2004 Mr. Hege was awarded an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters from Le Moyne College in Syracuse for his contributions to the cultural life in central New York State. Born in Colorado, Mr. Hege currently resides in Syracuse with his wife, Katarina Oladottir Hege, a violinist, and their three daughters.