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Michael Morgan, Music Director & Conductor
Conductor Michael Morgan is currently music director of the Oakland Symphony in California. While a student at Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he spent a summer at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, studying with Gunther Schuller and Seiji Ozawa. In 1986, Sir Georg Solti chose him to become the assistant conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for seven years under both Solti and Daniel Barenboim. In 1986 he was invited by Leonard Bernstein to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic. He has appeared with most major orchestras in the United States. In 2014 he gave a TEDx Talk and was featured by Musical America as one of their "Profiles in Courage."