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Background Information

Employment History

Dean Artists Management


Guest Conductors

Professional Women Singers Association


San Francisco Classical Voice

Suzanne Balaes-Blair

Chorus Master; Conductor

New York City Opera

Music Arranger

Brown Bag Opera , Inc.


Board Member
Seattle Opera

Visiting Faculty Member and Conductor
Indiana University

Board Member

Seattle Symphony & Opera Players Organization

Faculty Member
The Juilliard School


chorus master

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Guest conductor Gary Thor Wedow will lead Seattle Symphony in five performances of the perennial holiday favorite, Handel's Messiah. Wedow and the Orchestra will be joined by the Seattle Symphony Chorale along with guest soloists soprano Lisa Saffer, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor John McVeigh and baritone Sanford Sylvan.
Gary Thor Wedow's appearance places a spotlight on Seattle Symphony's search for a new Music Director. The international search is ongoing, and guest conductors both this season and next are under consideration. While the candidates for the position will remain confidential, the caliber and quality of guest conductors is sure to draw considerable attention to Seattle Symphony and its upcoming programs. Patrons are invited to share their comments and suggestions regarding the search by writing to
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Gary Thor Wedow has established a reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, festivals and choral organizations throughout North America.
Wedow served for many years as Associate Conductor of Boston's Handel and Haydn Society.
Wedow studied as a pianist with Jorge Bolet.

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In addition to pursuing jazz theory and arranging, Lynn has since continued her studies with Dr. Donald Neuen, Simon Carrington in Sarteano, Italy; and has coached with Gary Thor Wedow, Julliard School of Music.

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Conductor Gary Thor Wedow has established an enviable reputation for dramatically exciting and historically informed performances with opera companies, orchestras, festivals, and choral organizations throughout North America. In December of 2012, he debuted with the New York Philharmonic conducting Messiah, an occasion noted in the New York Times for 'a fleet, lithe orchestral performance, aptly complemented by the buoyant singing of the chorus'. Opera News has hailed him for his 'hot music making' and 'convincingly elegant period style'.
A favorite with Seattle Opera audiences, Wedow has also been a frequent guest of Florida Grand Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Portland Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Berkshire Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Saratoga, Arizona Opera, Amherst Early Music Festival and Pittsburgh Opera among others. He was for many years associated with New York City Opera, leading the New York premiere of Telemann's Orpheus, the groundbreaking Christopher Alden productions of Don Giovanni and Stephen Wadsworth's Serse.
Choral masterpieces and symphonic repertoire have taken him to the podiums of the Seattle Symphony, New York's St Thomas Church, Edmonton Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Berkshire Choral International in Massachusetts and in Salzburg, and Boston's Handel and Haydn Society where he was, for many years, Associate Conductor.
Born in La Porte, Indiana and now a resident of New York City, he has been a member of the Juilliard School faculty since 1994 and has led performances there of L'incoronazione di Poppea, La finta giardiniera, Ariodante and Don Giovanni. Of particular note was the tour of Bach's St. Matthew Passion with Juilliard 415 Historical Performance Ensemble that culminated at Alice Tully Hall 'in a performance that caught fire and magic' according to the New York Times. His continued championship of young musicians and singers is further exemplified by his projects at Wolf Trap Opera, the San Francisco Opera's Merola Program and Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. A musical scholar as well as conductor, he has prepared several performing editions of baroque works in collaboration with gambist Lawrence Lipnik. Mr. Wedow studied piano with virtuoso Jorge Bolet at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University and received his Masters of Music degree at the New England Conservatory.
"Guest conductor Gary Thor Wedow drew crisp, stylish support from the orchestra. The brass sections proved unusually agile in dense sections that revealed how inventive Rossini's orchestration could be-especially since he finished the entire opera in a mere three weeks. [San Diego Opera, La Cenerentola] San Diego Story, Ken Herman
"In the pit, Maestro Gary Thor Wedow infused the musical reading with passion and immediacy. Performances of this genre can sometimes become precious, reverential, or worse, irrelevant. But Mr. Wedow encouraged a rendition full of buoyant freshness and dramatic vitality.
"Conducting without a baton, Wedow led the Utah Symphony - fresh off its triumphant appearance in Carnegie Hall - in a magnificent performance of Mozart's glorious score.
"Another big plus came from Gary Thor Wedow's alert, vividly shaped conducting. From the Overture he set a tone for sprightly, flexible tempi that were vividly in sync with Lang's stage sensibility. Wedow allowed us to revel in the variety of Mozart's score, from lightning flashes of wit to Sturm und Drang fulminations. [Seattle Opera, Marriage of Figaro] Bachtrack, Thomas May
"Conductor Gary Thor Wedow, whose previous work at Seattle Opera has always been both energetic and stylish, returned to deliver a well-paced, brilliantly played show. [Seattle Opera, Marriage of Figaro] Seattle Times, Melinda Bargreen
"Wedow's well-defined phrases, accents and dynamic contrasts were solidly executed, the strings in particular displaying vigor and precision. [Alabama Symphony, various] Arts Birmingham, Michael Huebner
"First, you start with a world-class conductor. Gary Thor Wedow, a Seattle Opera favorite, fills that bill nicely…. Against the beautiful backgrounds, and with Wedow's impassioned and adroitly paced conducting, the principal and supporting singers had every opportunity to shine. [Seattle Opera, Semele] Seattle Times, Melinda Bargreen
"Conductor Gary Thor Wedow, presiding at the fortepiano (to excellent advantage during dialogue/recitative passages), was both stylish and perfectly attuned to his singers. [Seattle Opera, Don Giovanni] Seattle Times, Melinda Bargreen
"Messiah rings out with Gary Thor Wedow at the helm. This year's Seattle Symphony 'Messiah' production is a first: a performance that has a strongly operatic underpinning, yet some of the most unified and convincing baroque-style bowing the Seattle Symphony strings have ever mustered. …an evident master of the 'Messiah' score, put a persuasive and powerful stamp on the Handel classic. Wedow conducted the recitatives and arias mostly from the harpsichord, where he is a master stylist in achieving just the right fluid interconnections."
"The orchestra percolated steadily, conducted by conductor Gary Thor Wedow, whose abundant rhythmic snap and lyrical sensitivity put the finishing touch on an exhilarating production. [Il Viaggio a Reims, Wolf Trap Opera]Opera News - Tim Smith
"Conductor Gary Thor Wedow does a great job with the responsive orchestra, not only in the spiky, fast-moving Poulenc score but also in the lush sonorities of Puccini's Suor Angelica."
"Gary Thor Wedow led a convincingly paced and sumptuously played account of the two composers' widely differing scores. [L voix humaine/Suor Angelica] Seen and Heard International - Bernard Jacobson
"Conductor Gary Thor Wedow does a fine job of shaping the flow and keeping the expressive and tonal music from overwhelming the singer."
"Gary Thor Wedow, making his debut with the Philharmonic on Tuesday evening at Avery Fisher Hall, brought substantial experience leading historically informed performances to this excellent "Messiah. …. From the crisp, energetic overture, Mr. Wedow led a fleet, lithe orchestral performance, aptly complemented by the buoyant singing of the chorus. [New York Philharmonic Messiah]
Gary Thor Wedow conducted Juilliard415, the orchestra representing the school's historical performance program; Mr. Wedow showed total command of the work and paced the performance judiciously in a performance that caught fire and magic.
"Rinaldo is a grand entertainment…First and foremost, the company has put Portland Baroque Orchestra in the pit, and under the brisk direction of Gary Thor Wedow, who has extensive experience in early opera, Handel's music was vivid and buoyant."
"Wedow's leadership was impressive and intelligent throughout the evening, allowing a deliberately small-scale performance to fill a vast hall comfortably."
"The talented Baroque specialist Gary Thor Wedow presided over a nineteen-piece orchestra that sounded both warm and crisp in the somewhat dry acoustic, and continuo players (who included Wedow on the harpsichord-like virginals) had constant contact with the stage. Wedow's tempos and sense of style were perfect. [Telemann's Orpheus]Opera News - Judith Malafronte
"Gary Thor Wedow conducted the Juilliard Orchestra in a polished and vibrant reading of the score."
"Conductor Gary Thor Wedow led the orchestra in a vibrant and incisive performance, and the continuo accompaniment was impeccable, providing a solid musical underpinning to the proceedings while amplifying the emotional content of each scene."
"The conductor Gary Thor Wedow meets the challenge of Mozart's jocular drama with orchestral colors that are sometimes dark, sometimes laughing, and ultimately transcendent." The New Yorker
"Conductor Gary Thor Wedow led a vibrant performance."
"Gary Thor Wedow's conducting was superlative.
"This was hot music-making, aided every step of the way by conductor Gary Thor Wedow, who maintained a telling pulse even as he allowed for exquisite, unhurried molding of the most lyrical passages."
"The musical performance was buoyed by conductor Gary Thor Wedow.
That's why a conductor like Gary Thor Wedow is a breath of fresh air on the Seattle Symphony's Basically Baroque series. Wedow certainly doesn't neglect the baroque conventions; but he also let the spirit of the music shine through, especially in the evening's finale, Jean-Philippe Rame

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