Stephen HeydeThe 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 Heyde is the Mary Franks Thompson Professor of Orchestral Studies and Conductor-in-Residence and the Music Director/ Conductor of the Waco Symphony. Heyde served as President of the College Orchestra Directors Association and presently serves on the Board of Directors of ProMus International. He has conducted festival orchestras throughout the country as well as numerous ballets and collegiate opera productions. He is a frequent evaluator of collegiate orchestral programs. In addition to many other European experiences, Heyde conducted at the Liszt Academy in Budapest and served on the ensemble jury for the 55th and 57th European Music Festival for Young People. Most recently, he conducted the Córdoba Symphony Orchestra in Argentina. Under his direction, the Baylor Symphony has performed eight times at the TMEA Convention, appeared in a national PBS Special, Christmas at Baylor, performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and at national conventions of the American String Teachers Association and the College Orchestra Directors Association, and has toured internationally in Costa Rica and Belgium. The Baylor Symphony won the American Prize in 2014.