Guest conductor Conrad Chu is making his third concert appearance with Litha Symphony. He is currently wrapping up a dissertation for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in contemporary music (conducting track) from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. In recent seasons, Mr. Chu has built a solid reputation in New York’s contemporary music scene, and has been recruited by opera companies that specialize in small-scale productions. In 2013 he was appointed assistant conductor with Gotham Chamber Opera, formerly the nation's leading chamber opera company. Mr. Chu has also guest conducted for American Opera Projects of Brooklyn, including twice at the New Works Forum of OPERA America, an important showcase for contemporary opera.
Last November, Mr. Chu presided as music director with the contemporary ensemble Rhymes With Opera, in the premiere of George Lam's Heartbreak Express, an opera about Dolly Parton. A review in Opera News commended his work in “bringing out the infinitesimal colors” of the score. Most recently, in August Mr. Chu made his guest conducting debut with Victory Hall Opera of Charlottesville, Virginia, an innovative new company started by former Met and City Opera singers. He led the inaugural staging of a chamber reduction of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, set in the present day, and reduced to just five principals and eight instrumentalists.
In his orchestral work, Mr. Chu has made guest appearances with the Hunter College Symphony, Queer Urban Orchestra (QUO), Gemini Youth Orchestra, Centre Symphony, and the Queens Symphony. As a choral conductor, he served for ten years as choral director at The New School's Eugene Lang College, and currently music directs one of New York's oldest Chinese American choirs, the Long Island Consort.