With an immediately noticeable style that has been described as "elegant, but suffused with energy," Raymond Harvey has garnered critical acclaim on symphonic podiums throughout the U.S. Currently Music Director of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Harvey has also been Music Director of the Springfield (MA) Symphony and the Fresno Philharmonic. He has appeared as guest conductor with many of the country's leading orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Atlanta, St. Louis, Utah, Indianapolis, Rochester, Buffalo, Detroit, Louisville, New Orleans, and San Antonio, as well as the New York Philharmonic's Young People's Concerts and the Boston Pops.
Equally at home in the world of opera, Mr. Harvey served for 15 years as Artistic Director and Music Director of the El Paso Opera in Texas. Among the many productions he has conducted are Carmen, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Boheme, Turandot, Aida, La Traviata, Romeo and Juliet, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, and Don Giovanni. Other engagements include the Houston Grand Opera, Indianapolis Opera, and the Texas Opera Theater.
Also recognized as an outstanding pianist, choral conductor, and teacher, Raymond Harvey holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music. He has been featured in Ebony and Symphony magazines and is profiled in the book "Black Conductors" by Antoinette Handy.