The Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies
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. Before assuming his duties in Texas in 1984, Mr. Heyde was on the violin faculty at West Virginia University from 1975-1984.
Professor Heyde is currently the National President of the College Orchestra Directors Association and a Board member of Pro Musica International Foundation, the seat of which is located at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Mr. Heyde has conducted All State Orchestras and other festival orchestras in 29 states and continues to be in frequent demand in this capacity. He has conducted ballet performances with the Indianapolis, Fort Worth, Tulsa, Austin, and Oakland companies, and a number of collegiate opera productions. Heyde has been invited to conduct at many Universities, including recent engagements at Yale University, Ithaca College and the University of Oregon.
Stephen Heyde made his European debut with the Krakow State Philharmonic 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. While in Europe, Mr. Heyde also addressed the International Society for Music Education in Belgium and participated in a Roundtable presentation of the International Kodaly Society. In April, 2007, Stephen Heyde was privileged to return to Belgium as a member of the ensemble jury for the 55th European Music Festival for Young People held in Neerpelt.
Under Mr. Heyde's direction, the Baylor Symphony has performed numerous times at the Texas Music Educators Clinic/Convention. In December of 2003, the Baylor Symphony was featured with other School of Music ensembles in a PBS Special, "Christmas at Baylor" that was aired nationally in over 350 markets with an estimated audience in excess of six million viewers. Under Mr. Heyde's direction, the Baylor Symphony has also appeared by invitation at the prestigious Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina and at a national convention of the American String Teachers Association. The Baylor Symphony was privileged to accompany the last public performance of revered violinist Joseph Gingold and has also worked with a number of distinguished American performers and composers like Robert Shaw, William Kraft, Jacob Druckman, and Lorin Hollander. Mr. Heyde led the Symphony in concerts in San Jose´, Heredia and Cartago, Costa Rica in March, 2004.
A recipient of Outstanding Teacher Awards at West Virginia University and Baylor University, Mr. Heyde is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, Mu Omicron and Texas Orchestra Directors Association, in addition to other professional associations.
Also 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 has 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 series. He has served on the editorial board for The Journal of the Conductor's Guild and was the founder and first President of the Central Texas Coalition for Music Education. He has been a frequent clinician on string and conducting topics around the country including presentations for the Texas Orchestra Directors Association and the Texas Choral Directors Association in state.
Stephen Heyde has conducted many of the greatest artists living today, including Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, André Watts, Pinchas Zuckerman, Aaron Rosand, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Emmanuel Ax, André-Michel Schub, Barry Tuckwell, Christopher Parkening, Ann Akiko Meyers, Edgar Meyer, Jr., Jon Nakamatsu, Cecile Licad, Glenn Dicterow, Corey Cerovsik, Christian Lindberg, Barry Tuckwell, Denise Graves, Elmar Olivera among many others and popular artists like Doc Severinsen, Henry Mancini, and Burt Bacharach and Frank Sinatra, Jr. among others.
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