Harvey Felder is known for his deeply moving performances of the “Classical” repertoire as well as his entertaining performances on “Pop” stages across this country. Characterized as having an affable and magnetic podium demeanor, Mr. Felder helps audiences feel immediately welcomed, comfortable, and connected to his performances.
Mr. Felder is Conductor Laureate of the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra in Tacoma, Washington—a position he accepted after having served as its music director for twenty years. He is also Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut.
He has appeared as guest conductor with the Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Delaware, Grant Park, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Kansas City, National, New Jersey, North Carolina, Saint Louis, San Antonio, Spokane, Springfield (MA) Symphonies, as well as with the Dayton, Florida, Rochester, and Orange County Philharmonics. He has also appeared with the Pro Music Chamber Orchestra (OH), the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, the Missouri Symphony Society, Chicago Sinfonietta, Orquestra Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico, Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Costa Rica, the New Japan Philharmonic, Mikkeli City Orchestra of Finland, San Francisco Bay Brass, and the Osaka Telemann Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Felder has studied conducting with Max Rudolf, Gustav Meier, Gunther Schuller, Elizabeth Green, Zdenek Macal, David Zinman, Gennady Rozdestvensky, Kurt Mazur, and Seiji Ozawa.
He attended the Festival at Sandpoint, the Conductor’s Guild Summer Institute, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Mr. Felder holds degrees in music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan.