Chelsea Gallo Promoted to Resident Conductor at the Florida Orchestra
Gallo, who was previously the assistant to Music Director Michael Francis, will conduct mainstage concerts in the coming season
Conductor Chelsea Gallo, who has recently completed a stint as the assistant conductor to Michael Francis at The Florida Orchestra (TFO), has been promoted to the role of Resident Conductor in recognition of her excellent work with the ensemble thus far.
As such, Gallo will shoulder more responsibility in the 2023/24 season, and will make her first appearance in the orchestra's mainstage Hough Family Foundation Masterworks series — in a performance of the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony.
In addition, she will continue her work with TFO's youth, family, and community concerts. These include two Pops concerts, a concert in the Morning Matinee series, and two concerts of chamber music. She will also feature on TFO's new podcast, titled SoundWaves.
A 2022 recipient of the Georg Solti Conducting Grant, Chelsea Gallo is also presently the principal guest conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, a cover conductor with the New York Philharmonic, and a returning guest conductor with both the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the 2023/24 season, she will also make debuts with the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra and Catapult Opera (NYC).
"Chelsea Gallo has been a fantastic addition to TFO and the Tampa Bay community," said Michael Francis. "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."
"After the greatest summer of my life, it’s time to hop into the new season!" Gallo said. "[I'm] excited to announce that I’ve been given the new title of Resident Conductor with my beloved The Florida Orchestra. This season is packed full of concerts with some fun surprises on the way."