Conductor Garrett Rigsby is a graduate student at the University of California, Davis, where he works as a teaching assistant and is pursuing a master of arts degree in conducting. He currently studies conducting with Jeffrey Thomas, Christian Baldini, and D. Kern Holoman. This season, Rigsby will serve as assistant conductor of the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, assistant conductor of the UC Davis University Chorus and Alumni Chorus, assistant director of the Davis Chorale, and conductor of the Davis Brass Ensemble. Previously, he was principal conductor of Pacific Arts Contemporary Ensembles (P.A.C.E), in which he conducted several world premieres. He continues to advocate for the performance of contemporary music.
Rigsby has studied conducting at the Conductors Guild Conductor-Composer Workshop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Conductors Guild Cleveland Institute of Music Conducting Workshop, and at the Conductors Institute at Bard College. At these programs he worked with Marin Alsop, James Ross, Carl Topilow, Harold Farberman, and Guillermo Figueroa.
Rigsby earned his Bachelor of Music degree in music history from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific in 2013. He studied conducting with Nicolas Waldvogel and Eric Hammer. While at Pacific, Rigsby conducted members of the University Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and a number of other performing groups in both rehearsal and performance. He is a member of the Conductors Guild and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. This season he will be conducting Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat and the Schoenberg-Riehn arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde.