A native of Rochester, New York, Terence Kirchgessner began his conducting studies at the age of 15 with Jeff Greene, a prominent wind conductor in New York. He then attended the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he conducted the wind ensemble, early music ensemble, string orchestra, chamber orchestra and held the position of Assistant Conductor of the Crane Symphony Orchestra.
A versatile conductor, Kirchgessner’s engagements have included conducting singers from the Palm Beach Opera and Florida Grand Opera, a performance with the rock band Dashboard Confessional, ensembles at the Hartwick Music Festival and New York Summer Music Festivals as well as the Clarkson University Orchestra, the Treasure Coast Symphony, the Lynn Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, and the Lynn Philharmonia.
Kirchgessner’s primary teachers were Timothy Topolewski and Chris Lanz. He has had additional studies with Brock McElheran, Lukas Foss, Pinkas Zukerman and Jon Robertson.
Kirchgessner is currently a staff conductor at the Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton, Florida and is music director of the Treasure Coast Symphony in Fort Pierce, Florida.
- B.M., State University of New York at Potsdam
- M.M., Lynn University