Daniel Hege

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Daniel Hege is an American orchestral conductor. He is the former music director of the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and currently the music director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. He also makes numerous guest appearances with orchestras and music festivals across the country.


Hege was born in Colorado and raised in Idaho[1] to parents Carl and Anne, who he names as his role models. He attended the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen, Idaho. He began piano lessons at the age of nine and realized at that age that music would be his ruling passion.[2]

He has majors in history and music at Bethel College, graduating in 1987.[2] His senior seminar paper was about how the composer Dmitri Shostakovich worked under the repressive Stalin regime in Russia in the mid-20th century. He went on to obtain a master's degree from the University of Utah in orchestral conducting, where he founded the University Chamber Orchestra.[3] He studied at the University of Southern California with Daniel Lewis and at the Aspen Music Festival with Paul Vermel.

In 2004 Mr. Hege received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Le Moyne College.

He is active as a guest clinician and adjudicates various musical competitions nationally.

He has three daughters and lives in Jamesville, NY.[3][4]

Positions held[edit]

  • Music Director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra (September 2010 – present) [3]
  • Principal Guest Conductor of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra (September 2015 - present)
  • Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra (April 1999 – April 2011)
  • Music Director of the Haddonfield Symphony, New Jersey (1997 - 2000) (Now known as Symphony in C)
  • Music Director of the Encore Chamber Orchestra in Chicago (1993 - 1997)
  • Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony (1993 - 1997) (was honored twice by the American Symphony Orchestra League for innovative programming while in this position)[4]
  • Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony (1995 - 1996)
  • Assistant, Associate and Resident Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony (1996–2001) [5]
  • Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Young Musicians’ Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles (1990 - 1993) [4]
  • Music Director of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra [4] (1993 - 2004)
  • Director of Instrumental Music at the Orange County High School of the Arts (1991 - 1993)
  • Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Symphony (1991 - 1993)

Guest conductor roles[edit]

Maestro Hege has performed or will perform as guest conductor for the following orchestras and festivals:[4]


  • Texas Music Festival, 2014, Nielsen: Symphony No. 4, Britten: Sinfonia da Requiem, Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin Suite, Blu-ray Disc Release
  • SSO Big Band Bash, 2006
  • Serenity Cedille, 2006, Label: Cedille
  • SSO Holiday Pops, 2002
  • SSO Classics Concert, 2000
  • Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th & 19th Centuries, 1999, Label: Cedille , with violinist Rachel Barton and the Encore Chamber Orchestra (which was nominated for a 1998 NPR Heritage Award)
  • Done Made My Vow, works of Adolphus Hailstork performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Morgan State Choir
  • The Gift, Label: Woodland Records, with oboist Brad Smith.


  1. ^ "Geneva Concerts 2002–2003 Season". Geneva Concerts. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
  2. ^ a b Zuercher, Melanie (July 2004). "On the pathway to leadership". Bethel College Alumni Magazine. Bethel College. Retrieved 2007-02-07.[dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "CM Artists Conductor Biography - Daniel Hege". Archived from the original on 2006-08-16. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Conductors". Archived from the original on 2006-10-08. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
  5. ^ "Rochester Philharmonic, Guest Artist Information, Daniel Hege". Retrieved 2007-02-07.