Gary Sheldon

Principal Conductor

Gary Sheldon returns for his fifth season as principal conductor of Miami City Ballet.   He has previously served as principal guest conductor for San Francisco Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and from 1982-2002 served as principal conductor for Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio.  He has guest conducted for Alberta Ballet, Ballet Arkansas, Delta Festival Ballet, Hartford Ballet, New Orleans Ballet and the Norwegian Ballet in Oslo.

In 2010, Sheldon was the first recipient of the American Prize for Orchestral Conducting and through the prizewinning CD, “Ragomania,” he became a national voter of the annual Grammy awards.  He is also a prizewinner in the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition and the Rupert/BBC Conducting Competition in London.   In 1996, Sheldon won the Bill Graham Distinguished Citizen Award from the Marin Cultural Center and Museum for education and outreach when he created the national touring children’s concert series “Where in the World of Music is Carmen Sandiego?”

Sheldon continues current positions as artistic director of the Lancaster Festival in Ohio and principal conductor for the Festival at Sandpoint in Idaho. He is a native of Bay Shore, New York and a graduate of the Juilliard School.