American conductor Kyle Dickson is quickly building a reputation as a refreshing and compelling presence on the podium. Recipient of the 2021 GPMF Advocate for Arts Award and the Concert Artists Guild's (CAG) Robert S. Weinart Award, Dickson is a Salonen Conducting Fellow with the San Francisco Symphony and the Colburn School under the guidance of Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen.
He is Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, and he previously served as Music Director of the South Loop Symphony. He has been engaged as a guest conductor with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and has served as Assistant/Cover Conductor for concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, NDR Elbphilharmonie, and the Orchestra de Paris. Dickson was selected as a Conducting Fellow at the 2021 National Orchestral Institute’s Conducting Academy with Marin Alsop, and will serve as Assistant Conductor for the NYO2-USA 2022 tour to Purchase College, New World Center, and Carnegie Hall.
Dickson is passionate about music education and has coached many youth ensembles including the Chicago Youth Symphony Ensembles, Ravinia’s El Sistema program, and the Colburn Academy Virtuosi in addition to many middle and high school programs. Through his work with Chicago Sinfonietta's Project Inclusion Ensemble and D Composed-Chicago, he has given numerous masterclasses and webinars for arts programs including the National Symphony Orchestra's 2021 Summer Music Institute, the Naperville School of the Arts, and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. In 2018, Dickson debuted the Chicago West Community Music School Orchestra and since has directed several summer music programs through After School Matters.
Also a violinist, Dickson was a prizewinner at the 2010 NANM National Concerto Competition and has held residencies at Indiana University-South Bend and the United World College of South East Asia as a chamber musician. Dickson earned his MM in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University studying with Victor Yampolsky. He also received degrees in violin performance from Michigan State University (BM) and DePaul University (MM). His principal violin teachers included Walter Verdehr, Laura Roelofs, and Olga Kaler.