Miguel Harth-Bedoya

The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University has announced the appointment of 56-year-old conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya as resident director of orchestras and professor of conducting. Harth-Bedoya, a native of Peru, will begin his tenure as designate during the 2024-25 academic year, gradually assuming full responsibilities in the subsequent season.

“When we welcomed Miguel Harth-Bedoya to lead our orchestras in the spring, we instantly saw his collaborative and energizing presence on the podium,” said Matthew Loden, Shepherd School dean and chair of the search committee. “His extensive experience and infectious passion for music will inspire our students to reach new heights. As the Shepherd School celebrates its 50th anniversary this upcoming year, we are thrilled to have Miguel at the orchestral helm, guiding our unique programs into the next half-century.”

Harth-Bedoya previously served as chief conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, where he remains music director laureate. His resume includes leadership positions with the Auckland Philharmonia, Eugene Symphony, Lima Philharmonic and the New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

Harth-Bedoya succeeds Larry Rachleff, who led the Shepherd School orchestras for more than 30 years before his passing in 2022.

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