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Daniel Hege was named Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in April 1999. In 2001, he finished a six-year tenure as Resident Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra where he worked closely with David Zinman and Yuri Temirkanov. Mr. Hege first attracted attention when he won the post of Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Young Musicians’ Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles. Concurrently, he served as Director of Instrumental Music at the Orange County High School of the Arts and Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. Since then, he has served as Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra (where he was twice honored by the American Symphony Orchestra League for innovative programming), Encore Chamber Orchestra of Chicago, Haddonfield Symphony Orchestra in New Jersey, and Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Hege has guest conducted leading orchestras including the Baltimore, Columbus, Colorado, Detroit, Houston, Louisville, Oregon, San Diego and Seattle Symphony Orchestras, the Rochester, Naples and Louisiana Philharmonics, and has won acclaim abroad for his performances with the Leicester Orchestra of England, Singapore and St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestras, the Calgary Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, and the Symphony Orchestra of Lima, Peru. He has guest conducted at the National Orchestra Institute, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Aspen and Grand Teton music festivals, and in most recent years, has regularly conducted opera and ballet performances.

Under Mr. Hege’s artistic leadership, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra performed a critically acclaimed concert to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall in April 2003. He oversaw the release of the SSO’s live Classics Concert CD in 2000, the Holiday Pops release just two years later, and the SSO’s July 2006 release, Big Band Bash. Other recordings include Done Made My Vow, a CD of works by Adolphus Hailstork with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Morgan State Choir; Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th and 19th Centuries (Cedille), with violinist Rachel Barton and the Encore Chamber Orchestra (nominated for a 1998 NPR Heritage Award); and The Gift, a collection of Christmas arrangements on Woodland Records with oboist Brad Smith.

Mr. Hege studied with Daniel Lewis of the University of Southern California and with Paul Vermel at the Aspen Music Festival and holds majors in history and music at Bethel College and a masters degree in orchestral conducting at University of Utah.

A 2001 40 under 40 Honoree, Mr. Hege received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Le Moyne College in 2004. He is active as a guest clinician and adjudicates various musical competitions nationally. He resides in Jamesville, NY with his wife, Katarina Oladottir Hege, and their three daughters.



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Grant Cooper, in his tenth season with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, leads Classics, Pops and Family concerts, as well as educational, regional and summer performances and the annual production of The Nutcracker.

Mr. Cooper is also Artistic Director and Conductor of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Director of the Fredonia Bach and Beyond Festival.

A New Zealand native, Mr. Cooper holds a degree in pure mathematics from the University of Auckland and a Master of Music degree from the University of Tulsa. He held a Tanglewood Fellowship and received several awards from the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand. Mr. Cooper has served as music director of the Fredonia Chamber Players, Penfield Symphony Orchestra and Empire State Ballet. Recent guest conducting appearances have included the orchestras of Buffalo, Erie, Kansas City, Rochester, Spokane and Stamford. His conducting credits also include the Skaneateles Festival, Syracuse Opera, and the chamber orchestra, Thirteen Strings, in Ottawa. In June 2005, Mr. Cooper made his debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra.

A commissioned composer, Mr. Cooper has written several orchestral works involving audience participation: Rumpelstiltzkin, Boyz in the Wood, Song of the Wolf, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. These works reflect his philosophy that orchestral music should be a vital part of the lives of everyone in the community. His most recent composition, A Song of Longing, Though... is for soprano and orchestra and will receive its premiere performances in the current season.

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Kazuyoshi Akiyama was recently named Conductor Laureate of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra after serving as Music Director for nearly 40 years. He is also music Director of the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Conductor and Music Advisor of the Kyushu Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Akiyama began studying piano at age three under the tutelage of his mother, a highly regarded instructor in Tokyo. He entered the piano department of Toho Gakuen School of Music, and was so strongly influenced by the conducting activities of fellow student Seiji Ozawa that he transferred to the conducting department and studied with Hideo Saito. In 1974, a year after graduating, Mr. Akiyama made his debut with The Tokyo Symphony. He was named Music Director and Permanent Conductor of that orchestra two months later.

Outside of Japan, Mr. Akiyama’s conducting successes began with U.S. and European tours of the Toho Gakuen School of Music Orchestra. He went on to guest conduct the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and gained recognition in guest engagements with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra and Boston Symphony Orchestra. In Europe, he has conducted major orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cologne Radio Orchestra, and Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra.

Mr. Akiyama has served as Assistant Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (1968-1969), Music Director of the American Symphony Orchestra, following Leopold Stokowski, in New York, (1973-1978), and Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (1972-1985). He was granted the title of Conductor Laureate of the Vancouver symphony upon leaving his post there in 1985. During 2004-2005 he served as Principal Guest Conductor of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. From 1985 to 1993, Mr. Akiyama served as Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

In 1991, Kazuyoshi Akiyama led The Tokyo Symphony in a world tour to celebrate the orchestra’s 45th anniversary, which included performances in New York at the United Nations, as well as in London under the auspices of the United Kingdom’s Japan Festival. He commemorated the Tokyo Symphony’s 400th subscription performance with the Japanese premiere of Schoenberg’s Moses und Aaron.

Mr. Akiyama was awarded an honorary doctorate in Music from Colgate University in 1992. He is the recipient of numerous citations, including the Suntory Music Award, the Kyoto Music Award, the Mainichi Arts Award, and the Arts Encouragement Prize of the Minister of Education. In 2001, he was awarded the Emperor’s Purple Ribbon Medal from the Japanese Government for his outstanding contribution to the country’s musical culture.

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Now in his seventh season as music director and conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Youth Orchestra, Kenneth Andrews is also music director and conductor of the Orchestra of Northern New York and has guest conducted or been music director for several other orchestras and festivals at the college or professional level. He has served as Director of Orchestras at Ohio University and for the Crane Chamber Orchestra and is a frequent guest conductor for youth and all-state orchestras throughout the United States and Canada. In 2005, Mr. Andrews was invited to guest conduct at the Interlochen Arts Camp and to conduct the New York All-State Orchestra at the Eastman Theater. This past summer he was music director for the Crane Youth Music Symphony Orchestra at SUNY Potsdam.

Mr. Andrews has performed as Associate Principal Flute with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and has played under noted conductors Zubin Mehta, Leonard Slatkin, Jean Martinon, Charles Dutoit and Franz Paul Decker. He was a first prize winner in the flute division of the Pittsburgh International Wind Competition. Mr. Andrews has also performed as a recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, and has been featured on public radio and television. He has performed or conducted at various festivals and regularly appears at the Canna International Chamber Music Festival in Italy.

Since 1986, Mr. Andrews has served on the faculty of the Crane School of Music at the SUNY Potsdam, where he teaches flute, coaches chamber music, and is music director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble. He also performs with the Potsdam Woodwind Quintet and the Potsdam Baroque Ensemble. Awards he has received include the President’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the New York State United University Professors Excellence Award for Outstanding Professional Performance and Community Service. In May 2005, he was awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Research and Scholarship.

Mr. Andrews received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Indiana University, where he studied with noted flutist James Pellerite and was awarded the Performer’s Certificate. He has also studied conducting with Dr. Karl Ahrendt, Tibor Kozma and Wolfgang Vacano.

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Muriel Bodley has achieved national recognition for her efforts in advancing public school string education. She has been the conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Youth String Orchestra since 1995, and conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of the SSYSO—created to give more advanced members of the SSYSO the opportunity to perform additional and more challenging repertoire during the season—since its inception in 2001. 

Ms. Bodley earned Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Crane School of Music. Co-founder and past director of the Suzuki School of Syracuse, she is program director at the Summer Ithaca String Institute at Ithaca College. She is an All-County and festival clinician and conductor and is co-director of the American String Teachers Association with the National School Orchestra Association String Conference at SUNY Fredonia. 

In 1995, Ms. Bodley was awarded the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra’s String Educator of the Year Award. She is a recipient of the National School Orchestra Association’s National School Orchestra Director of the Year Award, and in 1998 received the Helen Hosmer Excellence in Teaching Award. She is a past president of the New York State American String Teachers Association—National School Orchestra Association. 

In March 2003 the Chamber Orchestra of the SSYSO performed at the National Conference of the American String Teachers Association with the National School Orchestra Association (ASTA with NSOA) at Ohio State University. The group was one of four orchestras and one chamber orchestra selected from a field of 45 performing groups at the elementary, middle school and high school levels.


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