Dr. David Oertel
Dr. David Oertel is the Music Director of the Austin Philharmonic Orchestra, Starlight Symphony Orchestra, Austin Flute Choir and the Highland Lakes Community Orchestra in Austin, TX and the surrounding area. He has worked with youth orchestras, musical theatre and opera pit orchestras, community bands and orchestras as well as wind ensembles, jazz ensembles and silent film orchestras throughout North Carolina and Texas. Dr. Oertel was Music Director of the Lee County Orchestra in North Carolina for thirteen seasons and was celebrated with that orchestras 25th Anniversary season in October 2013.
He has also appeared as a guest conductor in venues from Houston, TX to St. Petersburg, Russia and Zlin, Czech Republic. Oertel has taught music in the public schools in Houston and has taught at several universities including the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (NC), High Point University (NC) and North Carolina A&T University. Additionally, he can be seen playing trumpet in the pit and on stage. As a side note, he is also a professional photographer!
Oertel holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro as well as a Masters degree in Applied Performance from the University of Houston. His undergraduate degree, in Music Education, is from the University of North Texas. Oertel has served as conductor and music director for over 30 musical theatre and opera productions including Don Giovanni, Street Scene, Sweeney Todd, Chicago, West Side Story, Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar, Bat Boy, and Seussical the Musical.
Oertel has studied with many conducting luminaries including Robert Linder, David Daniels, Max Rudolf, Kirk Trevor, Samuel Jones, Hans Graf, Niklaus Wyss, Adrian Gnam, Franz Krager, Serge Zehnacher and David Holley.