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Chelsea Gallo promoted to resident conductor

After a year with The Florida Orchestra, Chelsea Gallo is being promoted to resident conductor. Come see her take the podium for the orchestra’s first concert of the season, The Music of James Taylor, Neil Diamond and Paul Simon Starring Michael Cavanaugh on Saturday (Sept. 16) at the Mahaffey Theater.

The new title recognizes Gallo’s exceptional work since joining TFO last year as assistant conductor, as well as her expanded role for the upcoming 2023-24 season. She will conduct her first concert in TFO’s premier Hough Family Foundation Masterworks series, Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony; lead two Raymond James Pops concerts, Women Rock and Twist & Shout: The Music of the Beatles; conduct Waltz into Spring in the Morning Matinees series; and lead two chamber concerts. She will continue to conduct TFO’s youth, family and community concerts, including TFO’s biggest concerts of the year, Raymond James Pops in the Park in St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park on Oct. 14 and Tampa’s River Tower Park on Nov. 5. She also assists Music Director Michael Francis with artistic duties, including Pre-Concert Conversations for Masterworks concerts, and is part of TFO’s new SoundWaves podcast.

“Chelsea Gallo has been a fantastic addition to TFO and the Tampa Bay community. Her poise on the podium and engaging rapport with audiences perfectly align with TFO’s passion for giving our community a deeper connection to the music. We look forward to her expanded role with TFO this season, and we’re thrilled to reward her with this promotion,” Maestro Francis said.

Gallo has a busy season ahead. In addition to her TFO duties, she will be principal guest conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, a cover conductor with the New York Philharmonic, a returning guest conductor with both the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and have debuts with the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and Catapult Opera (NYC). She is a 2022 recipient of the prestigious George Solti Foundation USA Career Fellowship.

Gallo’s position with TFO is generously underwritten by Suzette and Monroe Berkman.

About Chelsea Gallo

Gallo’s previous positions include assistant conductor of the Louisiana Philharmonic, conducting fellow with the Dallas Opera and conducting staff for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor, Gallo has conducted the symphonies of North Carolina, Sarasota, Missouri, Bridgeport, Jackson, Lancaster, Youngstown, Toledo, the Hartford Opera, Marigny Opera, Slovak Sinfonietta, among others.

Gallo brings a unique interest in combining her two loves: music and science. She has been part of recording and performing projects for NASA, Lockheed Martin, the National Institute of Aerospace and the European Space Agency. Recently, she was invited on behalf of the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Michigan to partner on a project that encourages creativity within the hard sciences by drawing parallels between running a nuclear reactor and leading a symphony orchestra.

Gallo has described her conducting pursuits as “a devotion to sharing the relevancy and humanity within classical music.” She studied conducting in Vienna, Prague, and Banska Stiavnica in central Slovakia with the late Maksimilijan Cencic and Leos Svarovsky. Gallo holds a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Michigan, where she was awarded the Helen Wu Graduate Fellowship in Conducting.

Outside the concert hall, she enjoys reading, running and studying languages. She played professional fastpitch for the Vienna Wanderers. For Gallo’s bio, click here.

TFO will perform more than 100 concerts this season in venues throughout Tampa Bay, including a wide range of classical, popular and family-friendly music. Next week is Jurassic Park in Concert with live orchestra on Sept. 22 & 23 at the Mahaffey Theater with a Saturday matinee. Maestro Francis launches the Hough Family Foundation Masterworks series with Holst’s The Planets on Sept. 30 & Oct. 1 at the Mahaffey Theater and Ruth Eckerd Hall. The Raymond James Pops series opens Oct. 7 & 8 with Cirque Dances with Troupe Vertigo at the Mahaffey Theater. Tickets to all concerts are on sale now at