The goal of Black History Month is to educate Americans about African Americans’ cultural backgrounds and notable achievements. It is this spirit that we recognize Maestro Michael Morgan, music director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony. Maestro Morgan was born in Washington, DC, attended public schools there, and began conducting at the age of 12. In 1986, he became the Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Later that year, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic. He has appeared as a guest conductor with most of America’s major orchestras as well as the New York City Opera, St. Louis Opera Theater and Washington National Opera. Maestro Morgan is celebrating his 22nd anniversary with the OEBS. He also serves as Artistic Director of Oakland Youth Orchestra, Music Director of Sacramento Philharmonic, Artistic Director of Festival Opera in Walnut Creek, and teaches the graduate conducting course at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The San Francisco Foundation has honored him with one of its Community Leadership Awards and he received an Honorary Doctorate from Holy Names University. Under his artistic leadership symphony activities reach over 75,000 children and adults annually. A major accomplishment is the MUSic for Excellence Program which provides comprehensive instrumental music instruction in grades K-12. MUSE currently serves 3,000 students in 20 Oakland public schools.
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