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BRIDGET-MICHAELE REISCHL is music director of the Oberlin Orchestras and associate professor of conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. In the 2005/06 season, she led the Oberlin Conservatory Symphony Orchestra on a concert tour of China. A recording from that tour, The Oberlin Orchestra in China, was released in 2007 on the Oberlin Music label.
Since becoming the first American to win Italy’s Antonio Pedrotti International Conducting Competition in 1995, Reischl has been an active guest conductor throughout the United States and internationally, appearing with such orchestras as the Atlanta and Milwaukee symphonies and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She is also music director of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a position she has held since 2001. From 1992 to 2004, she was music director of the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra and associate professor of conducting at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin.
She is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. As a student of Robert Spano (a 1983 Oberlin graduate), she continued her studies as a conducting fellow at both the Aspen and the Tanglewood music festivals, where she worked with Seiji Ozawa, Murray Sidlin, and David Zinman (also an Oberlin graduate, Class of 1958).
Reischl has recorded on the Velut Luna, CRI, and Sea Breeze Record Company labels. She also conducts Oberlin 21, a string orchestra comprising 21 exceptional young artists from the Oberlin Conservatory, on the Telarc release Air, a new recording of works by Debussy and Takemitsu featuring the internationally acclaimed harpist, Yolanda Kondonassis, who is assistant professor of harp at Oberlin. In the summer of 2008, as part of the Oberlin in Italy program in Arezzo, Reischl conducted Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro at the Teatro Signorelli in Cortona. She has been a member of the faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music since 2005.