B i o g r a p h y
David Oertel is Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Philharmonic and Starlight Symphony Orchestra. He has worked with the Austin Flute Choir (for four beautiful seasons), youth orchestras, musical theatre and opera companies, community bands and orchestras as well as jazz ensembles and silent film orchestras
Oertel is the 1st place winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Programming for 2019. He was also placed in top rankings for the past four years in the same catagory.
Oertel is co-author with David Daniels and David Rahbee for the sixth edition of the reference book Daniels' Orchestral Music. They are also actively adding content to the associated website:
David also partnered with Jonathan Green and co-authored an edition of Green's previously published collection on choral-orchestral works. The new edition is called, "Choral-Orchestral Repertoire: A Conductor's Guide, Omnibus Edition" (Green, Oertel 2019).
Oertel has also appeared as a guest conductor with many orchestras and taught music in the public schools and at universities. As a side note, he is also an avid photographer!
Oertel received his undergraduate degree in music
education from the University of North Texas, a master's degree from the University of Houston and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Oertel has served as conductor and music director for over 30 musical theatre and opera productions including Don Giovanni, Street Scene, Sweeney Todd, Chicago, West Side Story, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bat Boy, and Seussical the Musical.
Oertel has studied with many conducting luminaries including Robert Linder, David Daniels, Max Rudolf, Kirk Trevor, Samuel Jones, Hans Graf, Niklaus Wyss, Adrian Gnam, Franz Krager, Serge Zehnacher, and David Holley.