Biography

David Anderson is gaining a reputation as a talented and versatile conductor who has led remarkable growth in a wide variety of settings. He is currently Music Director of the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra (WI), the conductor of the Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra (PA), and serves on the music faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and Seton Hill Uniersity (PA).
 
During Anderson’s ten-year tenure in Lake Geneva, the orchestra has experienced unprecedented growth artistically, in audience base, and in budget. He has expanded the educational offerings in terms of masterclasses, collaborations, competitions, school-day concerts, and mentorships so that each concert presents multiple ways of intersection with students. He has championed contemporary works, and has led the orchestra through their first-ever commission. Extremely active on the administrative side of the organization, he is an effective fundraiser and participates in a host of activities each year to build the relationships necessary to help provide a financially thriving organization. 
 
From 2007 to 2014, Anderson served as Philharmonia Conductor of the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra. During his tenure, he helped to guide the program into one of the premier regional youth orchestras in the country. In addition to leading the orchestra at an extraordinarily high artistic level, he was Chamber Music Institute Director from 2007 to 2012. During this time, membership more than quadrupled in size, expanded school-day concerts provided performance and recruiting opportunities, and a series of community concerts was initiated to help the EYSO bring chamber music to an even wider audience.
 
During Anderson's tenure as Beloit College's Conductor-in-Residence (2011-2014), the orchestra steadily grew in terms of membership, artistic level, size of audience, and support within the greater college community. He oversaw an El-Sistema-inspired educational program, the Merrill Community Center Music Outreach, which enabled underserved children in the city of Beloit to receive musical instruction and mentorship from Beloit College students.
 
A native of Clovis, New Mexico, Anderson received his initial musical instruction on piano. He attended Baylor University, where he earned two degrees in piano performance (BM, summa cum laude and MM, with distinction), and began orchestral conducting studies with Stephen Heyde. At the University of Illinois, Anderson earned an MM in orchestral conducting with Donald Schleicher; while there he served as ensemble manager for the University of Illinois orchestra program and as Assistant Conductor for the Quad City Symphony. He was awarded the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship for the 2006-07 academic year, which funded travel throughout the country to study with master conducting teachers including Larry Rachleff, Gustav Meier, David Effron, and David Hoose. In 2006, Anderson was a finalist for the Conductors Guild’s Thelma A. Robinson Award.
 
Anderson has collaborated with soloists Midori, Rachel Barton Pine, Frank Almond, Christopher Martin, Brandon Ridenour, Brant Taylor, Matthew Treviño, Krassimira Jordan, and the Chicago cast of the Jersey Boys. He has worked with the Quad City Symphony, the Fox River International Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Rose City Chamber Orchestra (Portland, OR), as well as ensembes at the University of Illinois and Baylor University. He is an active clinician and adjudicator in a variety of settings for students at all levels of experience. Anderson received additional instruction through active participation at workshops under the guidance of Larry Rachleff, Gustav Meier, Leonard Slatkin, Giancarlo Guerrero, Kenneth Kiesler, Victor Yampolsky, David Hoose, Christopher Zimmerman, and Kenneth Woods.

Anderson and wife Susan Rice reside in Pittsburgh, where Susan is the Heinz Chapel Choir Director at the University of Pittsburgh.