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Conductor Chelsea Gallo has been praised for her ability to “lead the orchestra with grace and with fiery command” (Schubring). Chelsea Gallo is an American conductor living in Detroit, Michigan.

She made her debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra during the 2019-20 season where she was engaged for a 21-week season assisting the visiting conductors and organization.
With the DSO, she has conducted Young Persons Concerts, conducted recording projects on behalf of the organization recording the music for Lincoln Motor Company (™) Aviator commercial, conducted rehearsals at a moment’s notice, consistently given Pre-Concert Talks to the public, conducted in Educational Outreach events, participated in Community Engagement initiatives.

Recently, Chelsea has been the recipient of multiple conducting fellowships. Beginning in February 2021, she will be a Conducting Fellow with the Dallas Opera Orchestra. Through the 2021 season she will be a Fellow with the Turn the Spotlight Fellowship out of New York City.

Through the 2019 season, Chelsea was the Music Director of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Orchestra from 2017 – 2019 where she led the orchestra in exciting programming including the Michigan premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s piece “Helix.”

In addition to symphonic performance, Chelsea has assisted famed opera coaches and conductors Kathleen Kelly and Martin Katz on productions of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.

A highly active advocate of new music, Chelsea conducted in Operation Opera: a festival for newly composed operas. While studying at the University of Michigan School of Music, she held the Helen Wu Graduate Fellowship in Conducting; and was a much sought-after collaborator within the University of Michigan, Chelsea has been invited to conduct for many student and faculty recitals.

Her recent conducting engagements include subscription concerts with the Zilina Philharmonic, Slovak Sinfonietta, Jan Albrecht Symphonic Ensemble, performances with Hartford Opera, the Prayner Konservatorium Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Konservatorium Opera Orchestra, and a tenure as the assistant conductor for a production at the Volksoper in Vienna, Austria.

In June of 2016, Chelsea became the first American and first woman to receive her Masters of Arts in Orchestral Conducting through the dual study program of the Vienna Konservatorium and Jan Albrecht Academy. Her primary teachers were Maksimilijan Cenčić and Leoš Svárovský.
Further, she studied piano with Giorgi Latsabidze and violin with Barbara Gorzynska. Before graduating, Chelsea assisted and covered with the Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic.

In addition to her position with the DSO, Chelsea is the music director of the Cosmos Chamber Orchestra, an orchestra devoted to uniting scientific and artistic communities.

Chelsea’s hobbies include running half-marathons, yoga, archery, and playing chamber music with friends. Additionally, Chelsea plays professional softball in Austria for the Vienna Wanderers.

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