April 3, 2015
Read the article about GBYO’s community outreach initiatives.
Christopher Hisey is one of Connecticut’s leading young conductors. Formerly a GBYO member, strings coach and conductor of the Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Hisey is in his fifth season as GBYO’s Music Director and Principal Orchestra Conductor. He has conducted throughout the United States, Europe and in Mexico. He made his international debut with the Philharmonic Orchestra in Ruse Bulgaria. He has also made appearances with the Pleven Philharmonic, in Pleven Bulgaria and the St. Petersburg “Klassika” Symphony, formerly the Leningrad State Philharmonic. In the spring of 2012, Mr. Hisey stepped in for Gustav Meier, on very short notice, to conduct the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and was the conductor the symphony’s Holiday Pops concert in December of 2012.
Mr. Hisey serves as the Music Director/Conductor of the American Chamber Orchestra, an ensemble he co-founded in 2003. Mr. Hisey also serves as Music Director of the Civic Orchestra of New Haven. Mr. Hisey has been the Music Director/Conductor of the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra and Troupers Light Opera. He is a respected and sought after music educator who serves as the Director of Orchestras at Greens Farms Academy, and has served on the Conducting and String faculties of Manhattanville College, Fairfield University and the Westport School of Music. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Christopher received a bachelor’s degree in viola performance, studying with James Dunham, violist of the Cleveland Quartet. He went on to receive a Master of Music from Bowling Green State University where he served as Associate Conductor of the Bowling Green Philharmonia and Opera Theatre Orchestra, studying with Dr. Emily Freeman Brown.
The youth orchestras are managed by a Board of Directors with the support of Adult Advisory Association volunteers. Fund raising, hospitality and membership are a few of the many activities through which the board and association provide valuable assistance. Parents of GBYO members are automatically members of the Adult Advisory Association. Other interested adults also share their time and talent.