Conductor Laureate Harvey Felder is known for his deeply moving performances of the great “Classical” repertory as well as his entertaining performances on Pops stages across this country. Mr. Felder has distinguished himself as a leader among his generation of conductors. “Felder is widely regarded for his effective and quality programming and performances” (Saint Louis Star). He has been characterized as having an affable and magnetic podium demeanor which helps audiences feel immediately welcomed, comfortable, and connected to his performances.
Mr. Felder concluded his 20-year tenure as music director of the Symphony in May of 2014. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony, conductor of special projects with the Atlanta Symphony, and Artistic Adviser of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, Mr. Felder has held the post of Music Director with the Fox Valley (WI) Symphony, the Johns Hopkins Symphony (MD), and the Ann Arbor Summer Symphony (MI).
Under Mr. Felder’s leadership as music director of the Symphony from 1994 through 2014, the orchestra realized artistic goals before unimagined. The Symphony, once a valued and respected amateur community orchestra developed into one of the finest professional symphonies in the Northwest. Mr. Felder’s artistry, professionalism and passion helped to craft the Symphony into one of Tacoma’s true artistic treasures.