Conductor Christohper James Hisey is Music Director and Founder of the American Chamber Orchestra, Music Director of the Civic Orchestra of New Haven, and Music Director of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras. Mr. Hisey has also served as the Music Director of the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra, the Troupers Light Opera company, and Perrysburg Symphony Chorale as well as the Associate Condcutor of the both the Perrysburg Symphony and the Bowling Green Philharmonia and Opera Theater Orchestras.
Maestro Hisey has been a frequent guest conductor of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and has made appearances with the Ruse Philharmonic and Pleven Philharmonic in Bugalria, and the St. Petersburg "Klassika" Symphony, formerly the Leningrad State Philharmonic, in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has conducted concerts throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, and China. In addition, Maestro Hisey has conducted concerts with such notable musicians as Sir James Galway, Tim Janis, Jackie Evancho, James Dunham, Chris Finckel and Deborah Wong.
A champion of new music Maestro Hisey frequently premieres new works. Emmy Award Winning composer Rex Cadwallader recently said of Mr. Hisey's work, "He is an advocate for new music, and a caring and careful medium through whom my music has been brought gracefully and powerfully to life. "
A passionate and sought after music educator Maestro Hisey frequently appears as guest adjucicator and clinician at schools and festivals throughout the region. His student orchestras have won top prizes in competition and have been invted to appear at Carnegie Hall, NAFME Eastern Music Festival and other festivals and concerts in the United States and abroad. He has served as Professor of Conducting, Orchestration and Music Director of the Orchestra at Manhattanville College and Professor of Conducting and Music Director of the Orchestra at Fairfield University. For the last 17 years he has served as Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music at Greens Farms Academy, in Westport, CT.
Maestro Hisey holds a Bachelor's degree in Viola Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a Master's degree in Conducting from Bowling Green State University. He has been fortunate to study conducting with Emily Freeman Brown, David Effron, Gustav Meier, Donald Portnoy, and Donald Hunsberger.
Mr. Hisey lives in Bridgeport, Connecticut with his wife Heather and four children - Lauren, Alex, Grace, and James.