Daniel Hege

Daniel Hege is an American orchestral conductor. He is the former music director of the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and currently the music director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. He also makes numerous guest appearances with orchestras and music festivals across the country.


Hege was born in Colorado and raised in Idaho[1] to parents Carl and Anne, who he names as his role models. He attended the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen, Idaho. He began piano lessons at the age of nine and realized at that age that music would be his ruling passion.[2]

He has majors in history and music at Bethel College, graduating in 1987.[2] His senior seminar paper was about how the composer Dmitri Shostakovich worked under the repressive Stalin regime in Russia in the mid-20th century. He went on to obtain a master's degree from the University of Utah in orchestral conducting, where he founded the University Chamber Orchestra.[3] He studied at the University of Southern California with Daniel Lewis and at the Aspen Music Festival with Paul Vermel.

In 2004 Mr. Hege received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Le Moyne College.

He is active as a guest clinician and adjudicates various musical competitions nationally.

He is married to violinist Katarína Óladóttir Hege, has three daughters and lives in Jamesville, NY.[3][4]

Positions held

Guest conductor roles

Maestro Hege has performed or will perform as guest conductor for the following orchestras and festivals:[4]



  1. "Geneva Concerts 2002–2003 Season". Geneva Concerts. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
  2. 1 2 Zuercher, Melanie (July 2004). "On the pathway to leadership". Bethel College Alumni Magazine. Bethel College. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
  3. 1 2 3 "CM Artists Conductor Biography - Daniel Hege". Archived from the original on 2006-08-16. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Conductors". Archived from the original on 2006-10-08. Retrieved 2007-02-07.
  5. "Rochester Philharmonic, Guest Artist Information, Daniel Hege". Retrieved 2007-02-07.
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