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Garrett Rigsby

Garrett Rigsby is a conductor based in Kansas City, Missouri. He is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra at the University of Missouri–Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. He has conducted fully staged productions with the UMKC Opera Theatre. He recently was the Barbara K. Jackson Fellow in Conducting at the University of California, Davis where he served as the Assistant Conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and UC Davis University Chorus and Alumni Chorus. He has also been the Assistant Director and interim Artistic Director of the Davis Chorale. An advocate of contemporary music, Rigsby has conducted several premieres and has served as the Principal Conductor of Pacific Arts Contemporary Ensembles (P.A.C.E).

Rigsby has conducted such ensembles as the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Bard Conductors Institute Orchestra, UMKC Conservatory Orchestra, UMKC Chamber Orchestra, UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, UC Davis University Chorus, UC Davis Alumni Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, and the Davis Chorale. His primary conducting mentors include Robert Olson, Christian Baldini, Jeffrey Thomas, and Nicolas Waldvogel. He has also studied under such conductors as Markand Thakar, Marin Alsop, James Ross, Andrea Pestalozza, Matilda Hofman, Carl Topilow, Harold Farberman, Guillermo Figueroa, Robert Bode, and Eric Hammer.

Rigsby earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Music History from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific. While at Pacific, he conducted members of the University Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and a number of other performing groups. He advanced his conducting training at the University of California, Davis where he received a Master of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in Conducting. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Missouri–Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. He is a member of the College Orchestra Directors Association, Conductors Guild, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

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