Music Director & Conductor
Cal Stewart Kellogg
Music Director and Conductor
Cal Stewart Kellogg first conducted the West Valley Symphony in November 2008 and was named West Valley Symphony Music Director and Conductor in April of 2009.
In addition, he continues his positions as Music Director and Conductor of the Symphony of the Southwest and the Youth Symphony of the Southwest. From 1999-2005 he was Principal Conductor for the Arizona Opera.
Beginning his career in the symphonic concert hall, he has performed with such orchestras as the Antwerp Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Symphony, Israel Sinfonietta and in Italy with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the radio orchestras of Rome, Naples and Turin.
In North America, he has conducted the Baltimore Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Seattle Symphony, New World Symphony, Orchestra of Illinois, Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida and at the Spoleto Festival, U.S.A. He served as Music Director of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra from 1993-1998.
Before moving to Phoenix in 2000, Mr. Kellogg conducted 24 opera productions over 16 consecutive seasons for the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. He has also conducted performances at the Teatro d’Opera di Roma, Teatro San Carlo Opera of Napoli, Teatro Reggio di Parma, Teatro San Carlos Felice di Genova, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Montreal, Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, Utah Opera, Portland Opera and Seattle Opera.
Mr. Kellogg attained international attention as the first-prize winner of the Gino Marinuzzi Conducting Competition and as a co-winner of the Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition. He made his operatic debut with the Rome Opera leading a production of Nino Rota’s Aladino e la Lampada Magica and New York City Opera debut conducting Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Saint of Bleeker Street, both at the request of the composers.
The Menotti opera was featured on the PBS series Live from Lincoln Center. He earned a diploma in conducting from the Conservatorio di Musica S. Cecilia in Rome under the guidance of the legendary Franco Ferrara, and also earned diplomas in composition and bassoon.
Mr. Kellogg lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Jamie and their sons Mark and Sean.
NOTE: Mr. Kellogg shared four excerpts from his career memoir entitled Waiting In the Wings. You can read them here.