Miguel Harth-Bedoya (Conducting ’91) Named Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at Rice University

The Emmy Award-winning and GRAMMY-nominated Curtis alumnus joins the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music during the 2024–25 academic year

Curtis congratulates renowned conductor and Curtis alumnus Miguel Harth-Bedoya (’91) on his appointment as distinguished resident director of orchestras and professor of conducting at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Presently the Mary Franks Thompson Director of Orchestral Studies at Baylor University and Music Director of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Harth-Bedoya will begin his tenure as designate during the 2024–25 academic year, gradually assuming full responsibilities in the subsequent season.

Prior to his time at Baylor, he served as chief conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and as music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, where he now holds the title of music director laureate. Mr. Harth-Bedoya has also held music director positions with the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand; the Eugene Symphony in Oregon; the Lima Philharmonic Orchestra in Peru; the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall; and served as director of orchestral studies at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

“I’m thrilled and honored to join the Shepherd School as distinguished resident director of orchestras,” said Mr. Harth-Bedoya. “Throughout my career, I’ve championed the development of the next generation of musical talent. The chance to do that at such a renowned institution is truly exciting. Together, we’ll inspire and challenge each other to excel and create unique and transformative opportunities to prepare musicians for the 21st century.”

Read the official announcement HERE, and visit Miguel Harth-Bedoya’s official website.

Photos of Mr. Harth-Bedoya by Michal Novak.

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