Daniel Hege

Daniel Hege

Daniel Hege is an American orchestral conductor. He is the former music director of the former Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and currently the music director of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. He also makes numerous guest appearances with orchestras across the country.



Hege was born in Colorado and raised in Idaho[1] to parents Carl and Anne, who he names as his role models. He attended the First Mennonite Church in Aberdeen, Idaho. He began piano lessons at the age of nine and realized at that age that music would be his ruling passion.[2]

He has majors in history and music at Bethel College, graduating in 1987.[2] His senior seminar paper was about how the composer Dmitri Shostakovich worked under the repressive Stalin regime in Russia in the mid-20th century. And then went on to obtain a masters degree from the University of Utah in orchestral conducting. While there he founded the University Chamber Orchestra.[3] He studied at the University of Southern California with Daniel Lewis and at the Aspen Music Festival with Paul Vermel.

In 2004 Mr. Hege received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Le Moyne College.

He is active as a guest clinician and adjudicates various musical competitions nationally.

He is married to violinist Katarina Oladottir Hege, has three daughters and lives in Jamesville, NY.[3][4]

Positions held

Guest Conductor Roles

Maestro Hege has performed as guest conductor for the following orchestras and festivals:[4]


  • SSO Big Band Bash, 2006,
  • Serenity Cedille, 2006, Label: Cedille
  • SSO Holiday Pops, 2002
  • SSO Classics Concert, 2000
  • Violin Concertos by Black Composers of the 18th & 19th Centuries, 1999, Label: Cedille , with violinist Rachel Barton and the Encore Chamber Orchestra (which was nominated for a 1998 NPR Heritage Award)
  • Done Made My Vow, works of Adolphus Hailstork performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Morgan State Choir
  • The Gift, Label: Woodland Records, with oboist Brad Smith.


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