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 the 2022-2023 season marking his seventh on our podium. Since his appointment, ticket sales and sponsorships have increased, 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 famous concert halls, including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, and SPAC. Bruce has worked with a huge variety of artists in classical, Broadway, and popular music. This past season he appeared twice with the San Francisco Symphony, once on New Year's Eve with Emmy winner Darren Criss and then again in Summer 2021 with the indie-rock band: the Airborne Toxic Event. In the Broadway realm, Bruce has conducted performances with Jason Alexander, Lonny Price, Jodi Benson, Betsy Wolfe, and Stephanie J. Block.
In the film music world, Bruce has conducted live-to-picture performances of "Star Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," "Psycho," and "Casablanca." He will add to that list with live-to-picture performances of "E.T" The Extra-Terrestrial," "Home Alone," and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" in the upcoming season.
Bruce is also the music director of the Sequoia Symphony Orchestra in California. Previous positions include resident conductor of the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina and Assistant Conductor of the Pasadena Symphony.
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 San Francisco Symphony, The Toledo Symphony, The Pacific 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.