SMOKY MOUNTAIN CONDUCTING INSTITUTE
For five decades, internationally renowned conductor Dwight Oltman has enjoyed a remarkably diverse musical career as one of the most versatile conductors in America.
A central figure in America's professional chamber orchestra movement, Maestro Oltman was Founding Music Director of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra(OCO) in 1972 and conducted the orchestra for twenty years. Other posts he has held include Music Director and Principal Conductor of Ballet San Jose (12 years) and the Cleveland Ballet (24 years). He has conducted many orchestras on three continents. A partial list includes performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Canton Symphony (OH), Denver Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, Martinu Philharmonic (Czech Republic), Michigan Opera Theater Orchestra, Scottish Philharmonic Orchestra, Saint Cecilia Orchestra (Rome), San Jose Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic and Symphony Nova Scotia. Also of note, Oltman was the first American conductor to conduct the Volgograd Symphony Orchestra in the former Soviet Union and one of only a few Americans invited to perform in that country.
In addition to his professional conducting career, Maestro Oltman is a dedicated educator and is currently the Emeritus Professor of Conducting at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music where for four decades he served as Professor of Conducting and Music Director of the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the famed Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival.
In 2016, in collaboration with William G. Walker, Oltman continued his dedication to education by establishing the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute. Oltman was motivated to do this due to his extraordinary passion for passing on the many important things he learned about musical interpretation and conducting from two premiere conducting pedagogues of the twentieth century--Pierre Monteux and Max Rudolf. He was also profoundly influenced by composition study with Nadia Boulanger in France. In his teaching, he draws upon his experiences conducting orchestras ranging from student ensembles to major symphony orchestras.
In 2014 Maestro Oltman and his wife Shirley moved to North Carolina from Cleveland, OH where in addition to his work as a guest conductor and teacher of conducting master classes, Oltman enjoys regular hikes in the Smoky Mountains.
-To learn more about Maestro Oltman, visit Dwightoltman.com.