Conductor Chelsea Gallo has been praised for her ability to, “…lead the orchestra with grace and fiery command” (Schubring). Gallo regularly assists some of the world’s most prominent conductors and musicians which includes serving as an Assistant Conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Learn More About Chelsea Gallo

Recent and upcoming conducting engagements on behalf of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra include recording the music for Lincoln Motor Company (™) Aviator commercials, the Young Persons Concert in Orchestral Hall for November, Detroit community Leadership events, and further community engagement. In addition, Ms. Gallo is the newly appointed Music Director of the Detroit Community Orchestra through the Wu Family Academy. Early 2021 engagements include appearances with the Jackson Symphony, Orchestra Sono, and Detroit Pro Arte. Most recently, her European management is through Music Et Talent Arist’s Agency where she is represented by Isabelle Raché-Chappellier. Gallo is currently engaged in a variety of capacities. She was recently selected as a Conducting Fellow for the Dallas Opera for the 2020/2021 season and holds an additional conducting fellowship through “Turn the Spotlight” in New York City.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, her conducting career continued with guest conducting invitations and appearances from the Jackson Symphony (Jackson, Michigan) Orchestra Sono (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), the UMS Series (Ann Arbor, Michigan), and being appointed Visiting Conductor for the Denison University Symphony Orchestra (Granville, Ohio.)

While studying at the University of Michigan School of Music, she held the Helen Wu Graduate Fellowship in Conducting; and was a much sought-after collaborator within the University of Michigan. An advocate of new music, Chelsea conducted in Operation Opera: a festival for newly composed operas. Also during her time at Michigan, she gave the Michigan premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s piece “Helix” while music director of the Life Sciences Orchestra and gave the American premiere of Michael Gordon’s Bassoon Concerto. Further, she directed Hartford Opera’s 2017 production of Who Married Star Husbands by Shuying Li. Chelsea has been invited to conduct for many student and faculty recitals. She studied conducting with conductor and educator Kenneth Kiesler and regularly attended the Medomak Conductors Retreat in earnest throughout her study. As an opera conductor, she has conducted productions of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, amongst others.

Past engagements include subscription concerts with the Zilina Philharmonic, Slovak Sinfonietta, and Jan Albrecht Symphonic Ensemble in Slovakia. While in Vienna, Gallo conducted the Prayner Konservatorium Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Konservatorium Opera Orchestra. She held a tenure as the assistant conductor for productions at the Volksoper in Vienna. In Czechia, Gallo assisted and covered with the Brno Philharmonic. In 2016, she 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,

In addition to her position with the DSO, Chelsea is the 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.

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

Masterworks Performance


Chelsea Gallo returns to the podium, this time as our fourth and final music director candidate, with a program honoring family and the spirit of endurance.

  • Copland Appalachian Spring Suite
  • Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24 (Shannon Jennings, Soprano)
  • Brahms Symphony No. 2
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Appropriately, the program will honor familial ties and, in an expanded sense, the shared experience of being earthbound. Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite will wrap audiences in optimism through depictions of simple family life. Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, conjures sweet childhood memories framed by loss. Broad in its emotional scope yet well-grounded, Brahms Symphony No. 2 closes the program with assurance and achievement – a fitting conclusion to the LSO’s search for a new Music Director.

Learn More About Shannon Jennings - Soprano

Praised by the Washington Post for her dramatic intensity and vocal ability, soprano Shannon Jennings continues to wow critics and audiences alike. This past summer, she returned to Wolf Trap Opera to sing Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 in recital, the title role in Viardot’s Cendrillon and the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd. In 2022, she looks forward to making her house debut as the title role in Tosca with Opera Las Vegas, singing Mimì in La bohème with Newport Classical, Mimì in La bohème with Kentucky Opera, joining Virginia Opera covering Beatrice in Three Decembers, covering Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd at Opera Omaha, and singing a recital with Washington Concert Opera.

In 2020, Ms. Jennings made her recording debut with Death Waltz Records as a soloist in Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s first solo album, Travelogue Volume 1. She also performed as a soprano soloist with Washington Concert Opera’s Centennial Celebration of the Suffragettes, and in place of her debut with Kentucky Opera as Mimì in La bohème (COVID-19 – rescheduled to Fall 2022), she joined the company for digital media performances. In the spring of 2021, she joined Palm Beach Opera, singing Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, and covering both Mimì in La bohème and Nedda in Pagliacci. Her 2019-20 season included residency with Wolf Trap Opera, her role debut as Tosca with Annapolis Opera, and her debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra as the soloist in Michael Giacchino’s world premiere of ADVENT to commemorate NASA’s 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing.

Concert Dates:
Friday, May 6, 2022
@ 7:30pm

Saturday, May 7, 2022
@ 3:00pm & 8:00pm

First Presbyterian Church
140 E Orange St.
Lancaster, PA 17602

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Experience a new lso

Celebrate our 75th anniversary season with celebrated guest conductors, innovative programs, and a search for a new Music Director.