Chelsea Gallo is the new assistant conductor of The Florida Orchestra starting with the 2022-2023 season in the fall, the orchestra has announced.
Ms. Gallo, who will regularly assist Music Director Michael Francis and other conductors, will lead TFO’s youth and community concerts and conduct select Raymond James Pops and Morning Coffee concerts.
“She is a highly talented conductor, and I’m most impressed by her artistically inquisitive nature,” said Maestro Francis. “She shares our passion for communicating in a fresh, relevant way that gives our community a deeper connection to the music.”
In Ms. Gallo’s previous positions, assistant conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, a conducting fellow with the Dallas Opera and as staff conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, she regularly assisted some of the world’s most prominent conductors including Leonard Slatkin, James Gaffigan, Eun Sun Kim and Carlos Miguel Prieto. In addition to her role with TFO next season, Ms. Gallo will be a regular guest conductor with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
“I could not be more thrilled to join The Florida Orchestra and work under the leadership of Michael Francis,” Ms. Gallo said.
Ms. Gallo has described her conducting pursuits as “a devotion to sharing the relevancy and humanity within classical music.” She studied conducting in Vienna, Prague, and Banska Stiavnica with the late Maksimilijan Cencic and Leos Svarovsky. She holds a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the Helen Wu Graduate Fellowship in Conducting.
In its 54th season, The Florida Orchestra is the largest professional orchestra in Florida, and one of the most vibrant and innovative orchestras in America. For tickets and information: FloridaOrchestra.org.