Conductor and Los Angeles native Brian Onderdonk has become well known for his unique versatility on the podium, and at a remarkably young age has amassed a repertoire of over 35 opera productions, including three operatic world premieres as well as a wide range of symphonic guest conducting opportunities in the Southern California area. For the past eight seasons he has served as Music Director and Principal Conductor for Center Stage Opera, leading the company in numerous highly acclaimed staged productions as well as several orchestral and choral concerts with the company's resident orchestra.
He is currently in his final year as a doctoral candidate at Indiana University, Bloomington, where for the last three years he has served as Assistant Conductor and Associate Instructor for the IU Opera Theatre, assisting and working regularly with world-renowned conductors David Effron and Atlanta Opera Music Director Arthur Fagen. Beginning in 2013, Mr. Onderdonk will join Atlanta Opera as Associate Conductor for their October production of Tosca, for which he will conduct the family performance of the production at the Cobb Energy Center.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Onderdonk has shown particular interest in the field of modern opera, and in 2011 conducted the immensely successful World Premiere of Philip Westin's Marie's Orchard, commissioned and produced by Center Stage Opera. In addition, he conducted the workshop premiere of PQ Phan's new opera The Tale of Lady Thi Kinh with the 2011 IU Bloomington Summer Music Festival, and has collaborated and assisted the IU Opera Theater in several modern opera projects, including the 2011 World Premiere of Bernard Rands' Vincent as well as their recent production of Philip Glass' Ahknaten.
Other opportunities have included guest conducting the Rio Hondo Symphony Orchestra, guest Music Director of the UC Santa Barbara Symphony, and performances of Eugene Onegin and Die Zauberflöte with the Burgas Opera and Philharmonic Society in Bulgaria. He has also been a participant at numerous national and international orchestral conducting workshops and seminars, and for five years he held the Conducting Fellowship position with the nationally renowned American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles.
Mr. Onderdonk received his Master's Degree in conducting at California State University Northridge, where he was assistant conductor and conducted regular performances with the Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theater and Youth Philharmonic. While at CSUN, Brian received his first conducting inspiration and training from his mentor Gary Pratt. He also studied regularly with CSUN Symphony Music Director Dr. John Roscigno and Opera Theater Music Director David Aks. He also holds his Bachelor's in Violin Performance from CSUN and has played violin with several professional orchestras in the Southern California area.
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