Adrian Symphony Orchestra Music Director
Bruce Kiesling, Music Director/Principal Conductor
Bruce Kiesling was named ASO Music Director and Principal Conductor in May 2016 with 2021-2022 season marking his sixth on our podium. His current Music Director positions include the Adrian Symphony Orchestra and the Sequoia Symphony in California. As music director of these orchestras, ticket sales and sponsorships have increased to record levels and his concert comments and insider stories have become popular additions to programs. His tenure includes a return to large orchestral masterworks at the Adrian Symphony with performances of the Tchaikovsky Symphonies No. 4, 5 and 6, Holst’s The Planets, and Orff’s Carmina Burana among others. Bruce’s other passion is music education, where he regularly works with outstanding youth orchestra programs. For five years, Bruce worked for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he conducted the YOLA program. YOLA is Gustavo Dudamel’s signature music education program, which brings free-of-charge musical opportunities to underserved youth in Los Angeles.
Bruce has conducted at the country’s most storied halls, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and SPAC. Bruce has worked with Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Tai Murray, Alexander Paley, Steven Lin, Andrew Tyson, Alexi Kenney, Jeffrey Biegel, Lindsay Deutsch, Jennifer Check, Anthony Dean Griffey, Gary Hoffman, Darren Criss, Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, Ricky Minor, Grace Potter, Jason Alexander, Lonny Price, Jodi Benson, Doug LeBrecque, Doc Watson, David Holt, Juanes, Gospel performers Richard Smallwood and Curt Carr, and his orchestras have accompanied multiple performances with The Airborne Toxic Event, Clay Aiken, Natalie Cole, and Michael Bolton among others. He has prepared orchestras for performances with Simon Rattle, Marin Alsop, Gustavo Dudamel, Thomas Wilkins, and David Robertson. Recently, Bruce created several original orchestrations to accompany the legendary rock band “Journey” for their performance at the Hollywood Bowl.
Previous positions include resident conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina and Assistant Conductor of the Pasadena Symphony.
Bruce Kiesling was on the graduate music faculty of the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and now conducts the University Orchestra and opera performances at the University of California Santa Cruz.
Bruce holds graduate degrees from the University of Michigan, The University of Miami, and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Recent guest conducting appearances include The Pacific Symphony, The Toledo Symphony, The Long Beach Symphony, San Luis Obispo Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Owensboro Symphony, the Greensboro Symphony, the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra, the Western Piedmont Symphony, the Lakeside Symphony (OH), and the Young Artists Orchestra at Tanglewood.