About Maestro Michael Morgan
In fall of 2012, Maestro Morgan was named as the third Music Director of the Bear Valley Music Festival. Currently, Michael Morgan serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Artistic Director of Oakland Youth Orchestra, Music Director Emeritus of Sacramento Philharmonic, and Artistic Adviser to the Peoria Symphony in Illinois. He also teaches the graduate conducting course at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has led productions of the Bernstein Mass at the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and stagings of Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Gounod’s Faust at Festival Opera, where he formerly served as Artistic Director. As a chamber musician (piano) he has appeared on the Chamber Music Alive series in Sacramento as well as the occasional appearance in the Bay Area.
He was honored by the San Francisco Chapter of The Recording Academy with the 2005 Governor’s Award for Community Service. On the opposite coast, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) chose Morgan as one of its five 2005 Concert Music Award recipients. ASCAP further honored Oakland East Bay Symphony in 2006 with its Award for Adventurous Programming. The San Francisco Foundation has honored him with one of its Community Leadership Awards and he received an Honorary Doctorate from Holy Names University.
He makes many appearances in the nation’s schools each year, particularly in the East Bay, and is highly regarded as a champion of arts education and minority access to the arts. He serves on the Board of the Purple Silk Music Education Foundation, the International House at the University of California at Berkeley and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. He makes his home in Oakland with his mother and sister.