Chelsea Gallo
Gallo has been praised for her ability “ to lead with grace and fiery command." For the 2022-2023 season this "rising star" (AP) will be Assistant Conductor to The Florida Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and a Cover Conductor with the New York Philharmonic. She is a 2022 Award Recipient of the prestigious Sir George Solti Foundation USA career fellowship. She has conducted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Virginia Symphony, Hartford Opera, Slovak Sinfonietta, and more. 
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Chelsea Gallo

Labeled a “rising star” within the conducting world (Anwar Nasir to the Associated Press), Conductor Chelsea Gallo has been praised for her ability to “lead the orchestra with grace and fiery command” (Schubring, Michigan Daily) 

For the 2023-24 season, Gallo will be Resident Conductor of The Florida Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, a Cover Conductor with the New York Philharmonic, a returning Guest Conductor with both the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and have debuts with the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and Catapult Opera (NYC). She is a 2022 Award Recipient of the prestigious George Solti Foundation USA Career Fellowship. 

Past positions include Assistant Conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic, Conducting Fellow with the Dallas Opera, and Conducting Staff for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.  As a guest conductor, Gallo has conducted the symphonies of North Carolina, Sarasota, Missouri, Bridgeport, Jackson, Lancaster, Youngstown, Toledo, the Hartford Opera, Marigny Opera, Slovak Sinfonietta, amongst others. Devoted to expanding the reach of Classical Music, Gallo has collaborated with a variety of organizations, businesses, and companies. Some of these entities include The Walt Disney Company  (™), The New York Yankees (™), NASA, the Lincoln Motor Company (™), amongst others. Gallo has described her conducting pursuits as “a devotion to sharing the relevancy and humanity within Classical Music.” With her affection for science and music, Gallo has collaborated on projects aimed towards uniting both worlds. She has worked 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). She led recording projects for the Orion ETF-1 Launch Mission. The ensemble became the official Artistic Ensemble for the Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Celebrations. She was recently  invited on behalf of the Nuclear Engineering department at the University of Michigan to partner on a project geared towards encouraging creativity within the hard sciences by drawing parallels between running a nuclear reactor and leading a symphony orchestra. 

An advocate of music by living composers, Gallo gave the Michigan premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s piece Helix, the American premiere of Michael Gordon’s Bassoon Concerto, and the world premiere of the ballet A Streetcar Named Desire by Tucker Fuller. She has also conducted works by Adolphus Hailstork, Carlos Simon, Courtney Bryant, Jessie Montgomery, Jennifer Higdon, Clarice Assad, and more. 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, Giuseppi Verdi’s La Traviata, and Shuying Li’s Who Married Star Husbands. Gallo’s operatic conducting style has been described as “stylish, skillful and attentive" (Scott Cantrell, Dallas News.) Gallo studied conducting in Vienna, Prague, and Banska Stiavnica with the late Maksimilijan Cencic and Leos Svarovsky. In Vienna, she studied piano with Giorgi Latsabidze and violin with Barbara Gorzynska. Gallo holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan where she was awarded the Helen Wu Graduate Fellowship in Conducting. At Michigan she studied with conductor and educator Kenneth Kiesler and assisted Martin Katz and Kathleen Kelly on opera productions. Furthering her conducting education, she has attended festivals and masterclasses with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim. 

Outside the concert hall, she enjoys reading, running, and studying languages. She played professional fastpitch for the Vienna Wanderers.





New York, NY

Cover Conductor

2023 - Present
St. Petersburg, FL

Resident Conductor

2023 - Present
Orlando, FL

Principal Guest Conductor

2023 - Present


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Orchestral Conductor

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