Widely esteemed as one of America’s finest conductors, James DePreist was Music Director of the Oregon Symphony from 1980 to 2003, a period that marked a turning point for the orchestra. During his tenure DePreist helped transform what had long been a regional ensemble into a highly esteemed one with a national and international presence. He made over a dozen critically praised recordings with the Oregon Symphony, significantly expanded its education and community programs and oversaw the ensemble's move into a new (and acoustically-improved) concert hall, all of which helped make the orchestra a more vital, visible and dynamic institution. ... read full bio