Assistant Conductor Steven Hackman

Fresh from three conducting assignments in 2005-2006 which included rave reviews for a Subscription concert, Steven Hackman returns again to conduct New Year's Eve, the Kinderkonzert and our student youth concerts. Steven Hackman made his orchestral conducting debut at the age of twenty, conducting Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with Gustavo Romero at the piano. Two months later he was accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music, where in his three years as a conducting student led dozens of performances of standard repertoire and premiers of new music. In the summer of 2004 he was a full fellowship student at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, where he studied with David Zinman and conducted the Academy Orchestra in concert. He conducted the Detroit Civic Symphony Orchestra in December 2004 as a participant in the ASOL’s Donald Thulean Conducting Workshop, and is a regular conductor of the Orchestral Society of Philadelphia. An advocate for innovative and collaborative programming, he led two performances of Barber’s Adagio for Strings accompanied by dancers at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Also a choral conductor, he has served as the Music Director of the Swedish Museum Singers of Philadelphia, a group he directed in concert for the Crown Princess of Sweden and the Swedish Ambassador. He has served as Assistant Conductor of the University of Illinois Varsity Men’s Glee Club, conducting them on tour in Europe, and was Music Director of the “Other Guys” vocal ensemble.

Active in education and audience development, Steven has performed in outreach concerts with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and has written and performed in programs for young people at Curtis. He has led projects at Washington Township High School and Bunker Hill Middle School that he designed and planned: an arrangement project of Bernstein’s On the Town Dance Suite at the high school, and a composition project at the middle school where each young musician writes his own miniature piece step by step. He is a yearly clinician at the American String Teachers Association festival, and has served on the faculty at Eastern Illinois Summer Music. He remains involved with his alma mater, Cary-Grove High School, where he presents yearly outreach concerts from the piano, arranges and composes for the choirs, and works as a clinician with the students.

As a pianist, Steven has performed Mozart concerti from the keyboard, and gives a duo recital each year with his sister Michelle, a soprano. Their last concert was a benefit for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. He believes strongly in the integration of all styles of music, and has presented programs that combine classical piano selections with his own compositions and arrangements, moving seamlessly between the two with improvisation. His graduation recital from Curtis featured his own Fantasy on Two Beatles Songs for woodwind quintet and singer, an arrangement of the American folk tune Shenendoah for Brass Quintet, as well as two original songs (the remainder of the concert was a Mozart piano concerto led from the keyboard and Dvorák’s Serenade for Strings). Steven has self-performed and produced two albums of original music.

Steven received his undergraduate degree in piano performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he held an Advocates for Young Artists Scholarship. There he received the Branigan Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Performance, and was runner up in the Clara Roland Piano Competition. He received an Artist’s Diploma from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he held the Ralph and Suzanne Roberts Fellowship. He has studied advanced counterpoint and improvisation with Dr. Ford Lallerstedt, and his conducting teachers include Otto-Werner Mueller, Donald Schleicher, and David Zinman. Steven has conducted in workshops with Daniel Lewis, Michael Morgan, and Thomas Wilkins.

 


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