Daniel Hege, conductor

Portrait of Daniel Hege in a white button down shirt and jeans.
Photo: Alice G Patterson

Conductor, Daniel Hege, sits down with Inside the Notes to discuss his career, key moments that changed his life, and the value of being prepared for those special moments when they arise. Enjoy great stories of his teacher Daniel Lewis, moments on tour with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the pieces that shaped his life as a musician.

Daniel Hege, conductor

In this episode, conductor Daniel Hege, discusses the defining moments in his career.  From a last minute opportunity to conduct the Baltimore Symphony on tour, to studying with Daniel Lewis, his journey has been filled with twists and turns that highlight his joyous demeanor, courageous attitude, and preparation.

Daniel Hege is widely recognized as one of America’s finest conductors, earning critical acclaim for his fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire and for his commitment to creative programming. He served for eleven seasons as the Music Director of the Syracuse Symphony and in June 2009, was appointed Music Director of the Wichita Symphony. As of the 2015/16 season, he was named Principal Guest Conductor of the Tulsa Symphony, and in May 2018 was appointed to the position of Music Director of the Binghamton (NY) Philharmonic.

Black and White photo of Daniel Hege conducting holding the baton out in front of him.

Key Positions

Additional positions include a five year tenure with the Baltimore Symphony where he held the titles of Assistant, Associate and Resident Conductor, Associate Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Symphony, Music Director of the Encore Chamber Orchestra in Chicago, and Music Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony, where he was twice honored by the League of American Orchestras for innovative programming.

In addition to programming and conducting the subscription concerts in Wichita, Mr. Hege has conducted a number of cutting edge concerts, including Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle with the legendary Samuel Ramey in the title role and sets by the glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, and semi-staged productions of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel and South Pacific in collaboration with the Music Theatre Wichita. He is also active in Wichita as a lecturer and prepares the pre-concert talks for each of his classical programs.

Guest Conducting

Daniel Hege has guest conducted the Detroit, Seattle, Indianapolis, Oregon, Colorado, San Diego, Columbus and Phoenix symphonies, as well as the Calgary Philharmonic, among others. International engagements include performances with the Singapore Symphony and the St. Petersburg Symphony at the Winter Nights Festival. Mr. Hege has also worked with the Syracuse Opera with which he led productions of Madame ButterflyLa TraviataTosca and Don Pasquale. Recent and upcoming guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Rochester, Buffalo, Oklahoma, Rhode Island and Naples Philharmonics; the Louisville, Sarasota and Florida Orchestras; and the Houston, Edmonton, Pacific, Puerto Rico, Hartford, Stamford, Omaha, Madison, Tucson, Spokane and Springfield, MA symphonies.

Daniel Hege in a pin striped suit sitting on a stool for a portrait.
Alice G Patterson


A sought after mentor and educator by many of America’s orchestral training programs for highly talented young musicians, Daniel Hege has conducted at the Texas Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, Brevard Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute and the Aspen Music Festival and School.


A native of Colorado, Daniel Hege received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1987 from Bethel College, Kansas where he majored in music and history. He continued his studies at the University of Utah, where he received a Master of Music degree in orchestra conducting, founded the University Chamber Orchestra and served as Assistant Conductor of the University Orchestra and Music Director of the Utah Singers. He subsequently studied with Paul Vermel at the Aspen Music Festival and in Los Angeles with noted conductor and pedagogue Daniel Lewis.

photo of Daniel’s grandfather, who is Boyd Eagle Piatote, a conductor active in the military in the 1920s and 1930s.

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