Currently in his seventh season
as Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, 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
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 Music Director of the Haddonfield (NJ) Symphony,
Associate Conductor of the Kansas City 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.
Recent guest conducting engagements include
appearances with 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
regularly works with the Syracuse Opera where he has conducted
productions of Madame Butterfly, La Traviata and Tosca.
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.
Highlights of Daniel Hege's 2006/07 season include
first appearances with the Grand Rapids and Santa Rosa symphonies
and the Orlando Philharmonic and re-engagements with the Rochester
Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra and the Wichita Symphony.
Daniel Hege received his 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.
Conductor Daniel Hege / May 2006 / Please destroy any undated or previously