About the Director

Meet Maestro Gary S. Fagin

Gary Fagin has conducted, composed, orchestrated and arranged music for symphony orchestra across the country, ballet, Broadway and Off-Broadway, Public Radio, regional and reperaroty theaters and university and conservatory orchestras.

He is the Music Director of The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra in New York City and conducts The New Jersey Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker.

He served as Musical Director and Conductor for seven years at the Yale Reperatory Theatre in New Haven and for three seasons at the American Reperatory Theater in Cambridge.  His many theater conducting credits include The Three Penny Opera with Sting on Broadway.

Active as a composer, his Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?, a music theater work based on the life and work of artist Charlotte Salomon, received its world premiere performance to critical acclaim at the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia in 2001; his dramatic song cycle, John Adams in Amsterdam; A Song for Abigail, received its world premiere performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam before Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands in April 2005.

Mr. Fagin studied composition with George Crumb and George Rochberg at The University of Pennsylvania; cello with Orlando Cole of The Curtis Quartet; and conducting with Otto-Werner Mueller at The Yale School of Music, where he received the first Doctorate Degree in Conducting ever awarded by Yale.  He was a Conducting Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and was twice chosen fo rteh Conducting Seminar at Tanglewood.  He pursued post-graduate conducting studies at The Hochschule fur Musik, Berlin, and holds a Certificate from the Kodaly Institute of Pedagogy in Kescemet, Hungary.

Mr. Fagin was Assistant Professor and Conductor at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and later Hofstra University.  He has taught at Yale University, The Julliard School and New York University.  He is Founder and Director of The New York Conducting Studio, his students conduct major and regional orchestras, on Broadway, and attend America's most prestigious music conservatories.  In the 2011-2012 season, Gary celebrated his 10th anniversary as the Music Director for The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra.

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