Travis Hatton, Music Director and Conductor

TravisCloseup.jpgTravis Hatton’s versatile conducting career has placed him on the podium of a broad spectrum of musical groups in Europe and the United States. His wide interests have led him to work with opera companies, orchestras, chamber groups, choruses and bands. He has participated in many conducting programs and workshops including The Aspen Conducting Institute and The Festival at Sandpoint.  His teachers and instructors have included Gunther Schuller, Carl St. Clair, Murray Sidlin, Harold Faurberman, Peiro Bellugi, and Leonard Atherton.  He has been called “A very gifted young conductor” by the late Georg Tintner. 

Mr. Hatton held two posts during his five years in Europe (1992 -1997):  Conductor of the Moravian Opera Theater (Olomouc, the Czech Republic) and Artistic Director of the City Opera Theater of Usti nad Labem (also in the Czech Republic).   During this time, he also guest-conducted orchestras in Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic.

Mr. Hatton has appeared with orchestras in many parts of the US.  Here in the Northwest, he has been in demand as a guest conductor,  appearing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (WA), the Washington-Idaho Symphony Orchestra (Pullman, WA – Moscow, ID), the Rose City Chamber Orchestra and the Columbia Symphony Orchestra.  He has also appeared as a guest conductor for the Portland Festival Symphony and with the Oregon Music Festival, conducting the Orpheus Academy Orchestra – a summer chamber orchestra of advanced young musicians. Mr. Hatton also conducted a production of the Marriage of Figaro with the Eugene Opera and directed performances of Amahl and the Night Visitors, Hansel and Gretel and The Magic Flute with the Vancouver Children's Opera (WA). 

In addition to his duties as Music Director of the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Hatton is the Music Director of the Sunnyside Symphony Orchestra at the Sunnyside SDA Church in Portland. He is also Director of Orchestras at Valley Catholic School in Beaverton, and is Artist in Residence at George Fox University in Newberg Oregon where is directs the Chehalem Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Hatton holds a Bachelor of Music degree Magna Cum Laude in Music Theory and Composition from the University of the Pacific and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music.  He lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife Lynelle and their two children, Kyle and Kara.

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