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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 throughout North Carolina and Texas. Oertel was Music Director of the Lee County Orchestra in North Carolina for thirteen seasons and was honored with that orchestra's 25th Anniversary concert in October 2013.
Oertel is the winner of The American Prize in Orchestral Programming 2018-2019. He was also a 2017-2018 semi-finalist and a 2016-17 finalist in the same category.
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:
Oertel has also appeared as a guest conductor with orchestras in Houston, TX, Greensboro, NC, Austin and Central TX, St. Petersburg, Russia and Zlin, Czech Republic. Oertel has taught music in the public schools in Houston and at High Point University (NC), North Carolina A&T University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Additionally, he can be seen playing trumpet in the orchestra pit and on stage. 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.