Chad Hutchinson

A photo of Chad Hutchinson

Director of Orchestral Activities


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Prior to his appointment at Eastern Michigan, Hutchinson was the interim director of orchestras at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has served as the assistant conductor of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra (SDSO), as music director of the South Dakota Symphony Youth Orchestras, and as a faculty member at Northwestern College in Iowa.

During his tenure, he led the SDSO in numerous pops concerts. He implemented the orchestra's inaugural season of Carnegie Hall's Link Up program in a partnership with the Sioux Falls Public School District, conducted family concerts, and led the annual Christmas on the Prairie concert in Hoven, SD.

Hutchinson has served as a guest conductor for numerous orchestras and festivals throughout the Midwest, Montana and New York and has been on the conducting faculty of International Music Camp for several years.

He has a long-standing commitment to education, demonstrated in his teaching orchestra in the public schools for nine years in Williamsville, NY and Sioux Falls, SD, and was the coordinator and music director of the Siouxland Youth Orchestras in Sioux City, Iowa.

Hutchinson is as comfortable in the pit as on the stage. He was recently named the 2017-2018 winner of The American Prize in Opera Conducting for his performance of Suor Angelica with University Opera Theatre at the University of Minnesota.

He is an Iowa native, and holds conducting degrees from the University of Minnesota and Bowling Green State University and a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Morningside College.