Chad Hutchinson is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he conducts the Symphony Orchestra, leads University Opera productions and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting courses.
The past two seasons, Hutchinson was assistant conductor of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and music director of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestras. During his tenure, he led the SDSO in numerous pops concerts including artists Ben Folds, Michael Cavanaugh and Steve Lippia, implemented the orchestra’s inaugural season of Carnegie Hall’s Link Up program in a partnership with the Sioux Falls Public School District, conducted Family Concerts and led the annual “Christmas on the Prairie” concert in Hoven, SD. Working with students ages 8-18 and conducting three of the four ensembles within the organization, Hutchinson helped the SDSYO grow to the largest enrollment in the program’s history, gaining over 75 students in two seasons. Committed to new music, each SDSYO ensemble featured a living composer on every concert in the 2016-2017 season. In addition, the Youth Orchestra performed works by and had residencies with John Luther Adams and Theodore Wiprud while also being one of only three youth ensembles in the country to premiere “Dreamtime Ancestors” by Christopher Theofanidis.
As comfortable in the pit as on the stage, he has recently led productions of Suor Angelica, Le Nozze di Figaro, Susannah and Lady in the Dark with University Opera Theater at the University of Minnesota and The Mikado at Morningside College. Last year he was awarded third place in the American Prize in Opera Conducting and was recently a finalist for the 2017 Pierre Monteux Prize in conducting.
With a long-standing commitment to education, Hutchinson taught orchestra in the public schools for nine years in Williamsville, NY and Sioux Falls, SD with both programs doubling in size during his tenure. In South Dakota, the Roosevelt HS Chamber Orchestra was selected to play for the SD Music Educators Convention and in New York, he created a biennial “Night at the Opera” concert where his ensembles performed portions of Don Giovanni and Tosca. He later taught collegiately at Iowa’s Northwestern College and was the coordinator and music director of the Siouxland Youth Orchestras in Sioux City, Iowa. He has served as a guest conductor for numerous orchestras and festivals throughout the Midwest, Montana and New York and will return for his third summer on the conducting faculty of the International Music Camp. As a conducting fellow, he has been selected to participate in conducting workshops at the Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, the Richmond Symphony and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra.
An Iowa native, Hutchinson holds conducting degrees from the University of Minnesota and Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Morningside College. Away from the university, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, training for triathlons and rooting for the Kansas City Royals.