The Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies
Director of Orchestral Activities
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Waco TX 76798-7408
Phone: (254) 710-3269 | Fax: (254) 710-3574
Stephen M. Heyde is the Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies and Conductor-in-Residence at Baylor University and the Conductor/Music Director of the Waco Symphony Orchestra. Prior to moving to Texas, Mr. Heyde was a member of the violin faculty at West Virginia University from 1975-1984 and taught at Butler High School (Butler, Pennsylvania) from 1971-75.
Professor Heyde has conducted All State Orchestras and other festival orchestras in numerous states and guest conducted at a number of Universities including Yale University, Ithaca College and the University of Oregon. He has conducted ballet performances with the Indianapolis, Fort Worth, Tulsa, Austin, and Oakland companies, and a number of collegiate opera productions.
Stephen Heyde made his European debut with the Krakow State Philharmonic(Cracow, Poland) in March 1998. In October, 2004, he was invited to conduct the orchestra of the prestigious Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. During his stay in Budapest, he was awarded the prestigious “Memorial Ring of the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy” and also accepted a position on the Curatorium (Board of Supervisors) for the Academy. In April, 2007, Mr. Heyde was privileged to be invited to be a member of the ensemble jury for the 55th European Music Festival for Young People held in Neerpelt, Belgium, serving again in April 2011 for the 57th edition of the Festival. In March, 2009, he participated in the American Arts Festival in Flanders, conducting three Belgium orchestras.
Stephen Heyde has collaborated as conductor with many of the greatest artists living today, including Iztak Perlman, Edgar Meyers, Joshua Bell, André Watts, Pinchas Zuckerman, James Enhes, Emanuel Ax, Aaron Rosand, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, André-Michel Schub, Barry Tuckwell, Christopher Parkening, John Sharp, Zuill Bailey, Ann Akiko Meyers, Barry Douglas, Jon Nakamatsu, Cecile Licad, Glenn Dicterow, Corey Cerovsik and Christian Lindberg among many others. He has also worked with popular artists like Doc Severinsen, Henry Mancini, Art Garfunkle, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Al Jarreau and Burt Bacharach, among others.
A recipient of Outstanding Teacher Awards at West Virginia University and Baylor University, Professor Heyde is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Mu Omicron, and the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) and has been active in TMEA and TODA in addition to other professional associations. He served as National President of CODA from 2006-08. Stephen Heyde also serves on the Board of Directors of ProMus International, headquartered at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. ProMus is a multi-national organization dedicated to promoting the power of music for all people in all circumstances.
As a violinist, Mr. Heyde served as concertmaster of the West Virginia Symphonette, concertmaster of the Conductors Guild Orchestra, and associate concertmaster of the New Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, among other positions. As a member of the Amart String Quartet and as a recitalist, he appeared frequently on public radio and television. Mr. Heyde is the co-author of the West Virginia Curriculum Guide for Orchestras and Strings, and founder and host of the Ten-a-Day String Series, an educational videotape/DVD series presently in use in over 40 states. He has been a frequent clinician on string and conducting topics around the country.