Conductor To Work For 2 New Orleans Orchestras

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A staff conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is coming to New Orleans to work for both the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and a private university, the organizations said.

Chelsea Gallo will be assistant conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic and conductor of Loyola University New Orleans’ Loyola Symphony Orchestra, a joint news release Wednesday said.

“Dr. Gallo is a rising star, and we are excited that she will join us for this unique partnership with Loyola University. As a top-notch musician and educator, she will help guide both the orchestra and the next generation of musicians,” said Anwar Nasir, executive director of the Louisiana Philharmonic.

Many conductors find themselves multiple jobs in one city, but shared appointments created by collaborating arts organizations are less common, said Meg Frazier, associate dean of Loyola's College of Music and Media.

Gallo is currently a staff conductor with the Detroit Symphony and conducting faculty for its civic youth programs. She has been invited as a guest conductor to more than a dozen orchestras since 2017.

As assistant conductor to the Louisiana Philharmonic, Gallo will lead such programs as holiday, young peoples’ and parks concerts. She will host the LPO Radio Hour created on WWNO-FM by assistant principal cellist Daniel Lelchuk. She will also serve as assistant to music director Carlos Miguel Prieto and guest conductors for Orpheum Sessions held at the historic Orpheum Theater.

The Louisiana Philharmonic is a musician-owned cooperative created in 1991 after the New Orleans Symphony Orchestra collapsed under debt. It describes itself as the nation's oldest full-time musician-governed and collaboratively-operated orchestra.

“Dr. Gallo’s appointment further cements the long and valued relationship between the LPO and the College of Music and Media here at Loyola University,” said dean Kern Maass. “We are looking forward to her contributions to the symphonic music community here in New Orleans.”

The first Loyola University Symphony concert is scheduled Sept. 17 and Gallo's first concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic on Oct. 22 or 23.