The Return

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.


Special Performance

The Return

All is shimmering light, the stuff of legends, and the magic of doing good. Return to live music and a new LSO with this dazzling season-opening celebration!

  • Wagner Prelude to Lohengrin
  • Richard Strauss Death & Transfiguration
  • Jennifer Higdon Light
  • Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919)
Learn More About The Program

The Lancaster Symphony celebrates its return to live performance and the start of its 75-anniversary season with a thrilling performance. Featuring guest conductor Chelsea Gallo, the program opens with Wagner’s shimmering and sublime Prelude to Lohengrin, paired with the dramatic Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss. Light, an overture by one of the most acclaimed contemporary composers and past LSO Composer Award winner Jennifer Higdon, opens the second half of the program. The concert concludes with Stravinsky’s gripping folk tale, The Firebird Suite.

COVID-19 Safety Protocol
Based on the current community spread of COVID-19 and breakthrough cases among vaccinated individuals, masks will be required to be worn by all guests & staff for our September performances, regardless of vaccination status.

We are committed to ensuring that all our guests have a wonderful and safe concert experience. First Presbyterian Church installed a brand-new HVAC system last winter 2021 to assist with air circulation and filtration. Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout, and we will be cleaning all areas before & and after each performance. We recommend all our guests become fully vaccinated before attending a concert. If you are experiencing any of the following, we ask that you stay home:

  • If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If you are waiting for the results of a pending COVID-19 test.
  • If you are under a healthcare provider’s care for a positive COVID-19 test.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have not received a negative test result.

We will be monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic daily and are prepared to follow all CDC and State guidelines. We will make decisions about mask requirements and social distancing ahead of each performance on a program-by-program basis.

Concert Dates:
Thursday, September 23, 2021
@ 7:30pm

Friday, September 24, 2021
@ 7:30pm

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.