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Nicolas Waldvogel, Ph.D.

Director of the University Symphony Orchestra


Phone: 209.946.7429
Website: Nicolas Waldvogel


B.A., M.A., Harvard University

M.M., Peabody University

Graduate Diploma in Conducting, Peabody University

Ph.D., Yale University

Nicolas Waldvogel conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and teaches conducting and music history. He joined the faculty of the conservatory of music in 2001. Dr. Waldvogel holds a B.A. in music from Harvard University, an M.A. in music from Harvard University, an M.M. in conducting and a Graduate Performance Diploma in conducting from Peabody Conservatory, and a Ph.D. in music history from Yale University. His primary conducting teacher was Frederik Prausnitz.

Dr. Waldvogel has guest conducted the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande (Switzerland) and the State Philharmonic "Dinu Lipatti" (Romania).  He was a Conducting Fellow at the Tanglewood Festival, where he studied with Gustav Meier, Seiji Ozawa, and John Nelson.  He assisted Horst Stein in a production of Wagner's Ring der Nibelungen at the Deutsche Oper, in Berlin.  He was also Director of the Sion Conservatory of Music (Switzerland).  Dr. Waldvogel is the author of  "For Clara Schumann," an orchestration of Brahms's Piano Quintet in F minor.

Dr. Waldvogel has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, with Anonymous 4 and with Alan
Gilbert. His recent credits include a performance of Ives's immense
Fourth Symphony, Verdi's La Traviata, Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte, Richard Einhorn's Voices of Light, Bruckner's Ninth Symphony and the complete Beethoven Piano Concertos. This season, he will be conducting Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and all of the seven symphonies by Jean Sibelius. Finally, he recently contributed the "Symphony" article for Oxford Bibliographies Online.