Music Director and Conductor
Jean and Willard Garvey Endowed Chair
The 2016-2017 season marks Daniel Hege’s seventh as Music Director and Conductor of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. Hege is the seventh music director in the Orchestra’s 73-year history. He has been 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.
Daniel Hege regularly conducts orchestras throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has guest conducted the Houston, Detroit, Seattle, Indianapolis, Oregon, Colorado, San Diego, Columbus and Phoenix symphonies; the Buffalo and Calgary Philharmonics; and led the orchestras at the Grand Teton and Aspen Music Festivals. Internationally, he has performed with the Singapore Symphony and the St. Petersburg Symphony at the Winter Nights Festival. In addition, Mr. Hege has worked with the Syracuse Opera and has made numerous recordings.
Daniel Hege received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1987 from Bethel College in Kansas where he majored in music and history. He continued his studies at the University of Utah, where he received a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting. Following his studies, he became the music director of the Young Musicians Foundation Debut Orchestra in Los Angeles, assistant conductor of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, music director of the Chicago Youth Symphony, and resident conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. He served as music director of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra from 1999-2011. 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 and their three daughters.