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Raymond Harvey - Music Director Emeritus

Raymond Harvey - Music Director of KSO

Raymond Harvey, KSO Music Director Emeritus, received his MM in choral conducting from Oberlin College and his DMA in orchestral conducting from Yale University. He served as the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director for 18 years.

Prior to joining the KSO, Maestro Harvey held similar positions with the Fresno (CA) Philharmonic, Springfield (MA) Symphony, and El Paso (TX) Opera. He has appeared as guest conductor with more than 90 orchestras, including those of Philadelphia, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Detroit, and Minnesota, as well as the New York Philharmonic’s Young People’s Concerts and the Boston Pops.

Abroad, he has conducted the Maggio Musicale Orchestra (Italy), Pusan Symphony (South Korea), and National Symphony Orchestra (Costa Rica). He regularly performs as a pianist, both in chamber music and as pianist/conductor in works of Gershwin, Mozart, and Rachmaninoff.

Currently, Maestro Harvey is an Associate Professor at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, where he prepares and conducts three fully staged operas per season and offers private lessons for DMA-conducting students who are concentrating on opera performance.