Dean Anderson, Conductor and Music Director

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Dean Anderson has successfully conducted numerous orchestras of all levels including professional, community, university, and youth ensembles. He has worked with such artists as Martin Chalifour, Smokey Robinson, Manhattan Transfer, John Tesh, Jimmy Hopper, Lincoln Mayorga, Arlo Guthrie and Dick Dale.

He is the Music Director for the Dana Point Symphony, where he has completed three successful seasons with the orchestra. In addition, he is the Artistic Director for Symphony Irvine. Mr. Anderson is also the Director of Orchestra Studies at La Sierra University, located in Riverside, California.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Anderson has been invited to guest conduct the Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, the Siam Sinfonietta, the Grumo Festival Orchestra in addition to other orchestras such as the Capistrano Valley Symphony, the Rose Chamber Orchestra, the Cerritos College Orchestra and the Yakima Chamber Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he was invited to guest conduct the Ho Chi Minh Ballet Symphony for the 20th Anniversary of the Saigon Times, making him the first American to conduct in Saigon since the end of the Vietnam War.

As a versatile conductor, Mr. Anderson has collaborated with various artistic organizations such as the Chance Theater, the La Habra Depot Theater, the Maverick Theater, and the Biola University Theater Department. Productions under his music direction include Cabaret, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, A Grand Night for Singing, the Fantasticks, Company, Closer than Ever, FIG:RO (Retro Opera), A Chorus Line, Snow White, Nuncrackers, Anything Goes, Fiddler on the Roof, Chicago, and Into the Woods. 

He has conducted several ballet performances with the Anaheim Ballet including productions of Peter and the Wolf and Nutcracker as well as with the Nouveau Chamber Ballet production of Massenet’s La Cigale. He conducted music by Kostas Christides and Minos Matsas for the full-length documentary on the life and work of Stan Lee entitled With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010).  The recording session took place at Capitol Records Studios in Hollywood, CA.

As an opera conductor, he has led the Italian premiere of Il Pianista Disgraziata by Giuseppe Lupis and conducted performances in Bologna, Assisi, Loro Piceno, Grumo, Binetto, and Toritto. He conducted Il Segreto di Susanna by Wolf-Ferrari at UCLA and Gianni Schicchi at Fullerton College.

Mr. Anderson studied conducting with Edward Dolbashian, and later participated in conducting master classes with Gustav Meier, Marin Alsop, Mark Gibson, Mihail Agafita, Brooke Creswell, Lawrence Golan and Don Thulean. He is currently completing the Doctorate of Musical Arts program at UCLA under the mentorship of Neal Stulberg.