The American Theatre Magazine named the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre one of the Top 13 Musical Theatre Programs in the nation.
Nice Work If You Can Get It
OUMT Mainstage Production Opens February 9. Tickets now on sale!
February 9, 10, 16, 17 at 8:00 pm
February 11, 18 at 3:00 pm
Elsie C. Brackett Theatre
Lyn Cramer, Director
Jerry Steichen, Music Director/Conductor
Karen Boyd Bethel, Choreographer
Welcome Gerald Steichen-- Guest Conductor for Nice Work if You Can Get it!
With a career that ranges from symphony to opera, Broadway to chamber music, Maestro Gerald Steichen has established himself as one of America's most versatile conductors. He is currently Music Director of the Ridgefield Symphony (Connecticut), and completed twelve seasons as Principal Pops conductor of the Utah Symphony as well as fifteen seasons as Principal Pops Conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Steichen is a frequent guest conductor for the Boston Pops and the New Jersey Symphony, and has appeared with the symphonies of Detroit; Indianapolis; Naples, Florida; Portland, Oregon; the Florida Orchestra in Tampa; Cincinnati; Columbus, Oklahoma City, Hartford and the New York Pops. International appearances include the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo City Symphony, the NDR Philharmonie Hannover at the Braunschweig Festival, and numerous appearances with the Norwegian Radio Symphony. During ten seasons with the New York City Opera, Steichen led performances including La bohème, L'elisir d'amore, Jake Heggie'sDead Man Walking, Rachel Portman's The Little Prince, Jonathan Miller's production of The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, and Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. In 2007, he led the New York City Opera Orchestra and soloists in a live WQXR broadcast of Wall to Wall Opera from New York's Symphony Space.
A gifted pianist, he performed on stage for the New York City Opera's acclaimed productions of Porgy and Bess and Carmina Burana. He has also conducted Utah Opera, Virginia Opera, Anchorage Opera, New Jersey Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, NY, and Opera East Texas. Steichen toured nationally as the associate conductor of The Phantom of the Opera, The Secret Garden, and Peter Pan and conductedCats in New York for two years. He has also appeared on Broadway, portraying Manny, the Accompanist in the Tony Award-winningMaster Class. Pursuing his passion for education, Steichen also spent eighteen years with the "Meet the Artist" series at Lincoln Center as conductor, clinician and pianist. A gifted chamber musician, he continues to play instrumental and vocal recitals internationally, including performances with the HIFA festival in Harare, Zimbabwe, and Bay Chamber Festival in Rockport, Maine. Originally from Tonkawa, Oklahoma, Maestro Steichen holds degrees from Northern Oklahoma College, Oklahoma City University and the University of Southern California. He currently resides in New York City.
Welcome to Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre
As the only School of Musical Theatre in the country, our goal is to provide students the tools for success both on stage and off. We are recruiting the top 1% of talented high school seniors for our next freshman class. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Musical Theatre Performance, we offer conservatory-style training and a dynamic university education.
Bring your passion and grow beyond your expectations. Our self-imposed enrollment cap of 50 total majors insures individual development. Alumni are performing on Broadway, in National tours, at Regional theatres and in Europe and Asia, demonstrating that this is one of America's premiere programs.
Admission to the School involves a required On-Campus Callback Audition and Admission to the University of Oklahoma. OU is an equal opportunity institution, reflecting the rich cultural and racial diversity of our country. Should you have questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.