Guest Conductors

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Tim Seelig

San Francisco, CA

Tim Seelig is conductor, singer, teacher and motivational speaker. In addition to Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, he continues a busy guest-conducting schedule throughout the U.S. and across the globe. He is Conductor Emeritus of the Turtle Creek Chorale, which he conducted for 20 years, co-founded The Women’s Chorus of Dallas and taught on the faculty at Southern Methodist University. 

Dr. Seelig holds four degrees, including the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Diploma from the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He has authored seven books and DVDs on choral technique including best-sellers The Perfect Blend, and The Perfect Rehearsal as well as The Perfect Choral Workbook, Quick Choral Fixes, The Music Within and the brand new Language of Music. 

His recordings have been on Billboard Top Ten and iTunes Top Ten classical charts. The PBS documentary about the TCC received the national Emmy award for best documentary. Dr. Seelig has conducted around the world and regularly at Carnegie Hall for the last 25 years, as well as Lincoln Center and the Southbank Centre in London. 

His groups have commissioned choral works for a variety of amazing organizations. Some of those are amfAR (The American Foundation for AIDS Research), the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation featuring Dr. Maya Angelou and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital featuring Marlo Thomas. Recent commissions “Testimony” by Stephen Schwartz, “Tyler’s Suite” for the Tyler Clementi Foundation, “New Year’s Carol” by Ola Gjeilo, “I Am Harvey Milk” by Andrew Lippa and “#twitterlieder” by James Eakin. “Tyler’s Suite” has nine composers including Stephen Schwarts, John Corigliano, Stephen Flaherty and more. 

Dr. Seelig’s first career was as a singer. He made his European operatic debut at the Staatsoper in St. Gallen, Switzerland and solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall. He appeared as soloist in world premieres of composers including John Corigliano, Conrad Susa and Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach). Interesting facts include conducting the Guinness Book Of World Record's Longest Choral Concert and carrying the Olympic torch as a community Hero. He has not run since. 

Known for his enthusiasm and sense of humor, Grammy Magazine says, “Dr. Seelig takes eclecticism to new heights.” Fanfare Magazine says he raises singers from “the ranks of amateur choir to one receiving wide recognition for excellent performances of appealing, fresh repertoire.” The New York Times calls Seelig an “expressive performer,” and the Fort Worth Star Telegram quips, “Seelig slices a thick cut of ham.” 

He is married to Dan England and is the proud grandfather of the amazing Clara Skye and Eden Mae.

 

Michael Gerdes

San Diego State University - San Diego, CA

Michael Gerdes is the Director of Orchestras at San Diego State University where he conducts the San Diego State Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Orchestra. His performances with the San Diego State Symphony have been hailed as “highly sensitive and thoughtfully layered” and his conducting proclaimed “refined, dynamically nuanced” and “restrained but unmistakably lucid” by the San Diego Story. The premiere of Suite Noir by the San Diego State Symphony received a “Bravo” award as one of the six significant musical events in San Diego during 2015. Gerdes is serving in his second season as Assistant Conductor for the La Jolla Symphony. Selected by the San Diego Union Tribune as one of three “Faces to Watch” in Classical Music during his first year as Director of Orchestras, he is focused on creating a thriving orchestral community at San Diego State University.
 

Mr. Gerdes maintains an active calendar as a guest conductor and clinician, most recently working with the Bacau Philharmonic and The Moldova Philharmonic Choir of Iasi along with honor orchestras of Alpine Valley, Grossmont Union, The California Music Educator’s Association, Southern California Band and Orchestra Directors Association All-Southern, San Diego Unified, and Sweetwater. Mr. Gerdes serves as an executive of the Los Angeles Conducting Institute, President of the San Diego Pro Arte Voices board, and a member of the New West Electronic Arts & Music Organization Board. He is Director of Orchestras for the Bravo International Music Academy and the San Diego Summer Music Institute. Gerdes also serves as the prelude speaker for the La Jolla Music Society’s visiting orchestras series. 

Passionate about commissioning and performing music by living composers, Mr. Gerdes has conducted world premieres by composers such as John Hilliard, Liviu Marinescu, Joseph Waters, Brent Dutton, Jason Haney, Cory Hibbs, Russell Peterson, Richard Meyer, Richard Thompson and dozens of student composers. 

He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He also holds a Master’s degree in Orchestral Conducting from James Madison University. Mr. Gerdes has studied conducting with Dr. Robert McCashin, Dr. Russell Pesola, Mr. Bruce Houglum, Dr. Samuel Jones, Kenneth Kiesler, and Gerard Schwarz. As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the Fargo- Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, the Waynesboro Symphony, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts Faculty/Staff Orchestra.