Music Director - Conductor

F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S

"David Oertel’s handling of the orchestra

set a new standard…” 

​The Greensboro News and Record

"Under David Oertel's baton, the orchestra

feelingly render every wonderful note in

this work. "
The High Point Enterprise

“The orchestra, under David Oertel, does

an excellent job of negotiating the jazzy

rhythms and blues tinged harmonies of

the score."
The Triad Style

"Gifted Dr. David Oertel...led a tremendous
program, especially the Elgar Variations:
superbly rich, gorgeous, going straight to
my heart." The Wimberley View


The American Prize announces David Oertel takes 3rd place in Orchestral Programming in 2020. This is a coveted, nationwide contest.


David Oertel WINS 1st place in The American Prize 2019 in Orchestral Programming. 

David Oertel and Jonathan Green co-author Choral-Orchestral Repertoire: A Conductor's Guide: Omnibus Edition (2019).

David Oertel is co-author with David Daniels and David Rahbee for the 6th edition of Daniels' Orchestral Music. Book is due out 2022. They also actively add content to the website:

The 2020-2021season is Oertel's eighth season with the Starlight Symphony Orchestra and his 11th season with the Austin Philharmonic. 

February 2018: David Oertel announced as a semi-finalist for  2017-2018 The American Prize in Orchestral Programming.

July 2017: Starlight Symphony Orchestra performed again to thousands for the July4th concert at the Hays Performing ArtsCenter in Kyle.

Oct 2015: The Austin Flute Choir with

Oertel Conducting, performed for over

2,000 school children for the Georgetown

Symphony Society's music enrichment program. 


Due to COVID-19 all in-person rehearsals & performances are on hold

March 22, 2020

Come back soon for updates!

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