Music Director

Chelsea Gallo is the Gilbert S. Omenn, M.D. Music Director of the U-M Life Sciences Orchestra. 

American conductor Chelsea Gallo is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan, where she serves as the Music Director of the Life Sciences Orchestra (LSO). She also serves as Cover Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), regularly assisting some of the world’s most prominent conductors and musicians.

Since beginning her doctoral studies, Gallo has assisted renowned opera coaches and conductors Kathleen Kelly and Martin Katz on productions of Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. She gave the American premiere of Michael Gordon’s Bassoon Concerto and directed Hartford Opera’s 2017 production of Who Married Star Husbands by Shuying Li. A highly active advocate of new music, Gallo conducted in Operation Opera: a festival for newly composed operas. She holds the Helen Wu Graduate Fellowship in Conducting and regularly collaborates and conducts for many student and faculty recitals within the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Her recent conducting engagements include subscription concerts with the Zilina Philharmonic, Slovak Sinfonietta, Jan Albrecht Symphonic Ensemble, performances with Hartford Opera, the Prayner Konservatorium Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Konservatorium Opera Orchestra, and a tenure as the assistant conductor for a production at the Volksoper in Vienna, Austria. In June of 2016, Gallo became the first American and first woman to receive her Masters of Arts in Orchestral Conducting through the dual study program of the Vienna Konservatorium and Jan Albrecht Academy. Her primary teachers were Maksimilijan Cenčić and Leoš Svárovský. Further, she studied piano with Giorgi Latsabidze and violin with Barbara Gorzynska. Before graduating, Gallo assisted and covered with the Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic.

In addition to her positions with the LSO and DSO, Gallo is music director of the Cosmos Chamber Orchestra, an orchestra devoted to uniting scientific and artistic communities. The past and future collaborations of this ensemble include work with organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Lockheed Martin, the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) amongst others. The orchestra’s recording for the Orion ETF-1 Mission was launched from Kennedy and sent to space. The orchestra was also the official recorded Artistic Ensemble for the Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Celebrations.

Furthermore, Gallo has conducted in numerous workshops with orchestras throughout the United States and Europe including the Bacau Filarmonica, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Bratislava National Opera, and Miami Music Festival, amongst others. She has worked with conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Slatkin, Larry Rachleff, David Effron, Santtu-Matias Rouvali and Eckart Preu, amongst others.

Gallo’s hobbies include running half-marathons, archery, and playing chamber music with friends. Additionally, Gallo plays professional softball in Austria for the Vienna Wanderers.

Upcoming guest conducting appearances include an operatic double-bill, Samuel Barber’s Hand of Bridge and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium with Decatur Opera in Illinois, regular appearances with the 4Corners New Music Ensemble, and an appearance as guest conductor and clinician at San Diego State University.

Past Music Directors:

Roberto Kalb, 2015-2016, 2016-2017

Adrian Slywotzky, 2013-2014, 2014-2015

Oriol Sans, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013

Robert Boardman, 2009-2010

Mark Latham, 2008-2009

Clinton Smith, 2006-2007, 2007-2008

John Goodell, 2004-2005, 2005-2006

Laura Jackson, 2002-2003, 2003-2004

Mitchell Williams, 2000-2001, 2001-2002


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