William Intriligator currently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra in Iowa. He is an experienced orchestra leader whose musicianship, leadership, vision, and passion have enabled both organizations to reach new audiences, attain new artistic heights, diversify programming, and achieve unprecedented success.
Intriligator’s 2021-2022 concert season at both orchestras includes a focused discovery of musical works by women composers spanning many centuries and including several premieres. His programming also supports racial diversity with many works by composers of African and Asian descent. Still, he is perhaps most “in his element” conducting Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach.
During his 14-year tenure with the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Intriligator has presented many special programs including film with live orchestra, concerts of film music, ballet productions, family matinees, round-table events, multi-media productions, new educational initiatives, collaborations with regional choruses, and a multi-year Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss exploration.
One of his most innovative and memorable programs was a partnership with stage director and Cheyenne-native Sarah Hartmann entitled “Star-Crossed Lovers” which combined concert, opera, ballet, and theater in a staged retelling of Romeo and Juliet.
This season, Intriligator and the CSO unveil another new program, “Symphony Underground,” which will partner the CSO with band The Patti Fiasco at the Lincoln Theater. Other highlights this season will include works like Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Brahms’ German Requiem that greatly challenge the CSO players.
As a guest conductor, Intriligator has led performances with many distinguished orchestras across the country, including those of Honolulu, Houston, Minnesota, Richmond, Saint Paul, Savannah, Syracuse, and Tulsa. In 2017, he made his European conducting debut in Italy with the Bari Symphony Orchestra. After the success of that concert, the orchestra immediately invited him to return to Bari and conduct two more concerts.
Intriligator previously served as Apprentice Conductor and Staff Conductor at the Minnesota Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Opera, and Assistant Conductor of the Southwest German Radio Orchestra. He was also a regular guest conductor of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for five seasons while living in the Twin Cities, conducting the SPCO in educational concerts, family concerts, regional tours, and concerts of new music.
Originally from Santa Monica, California, Intriligator earned many accolades as an oboist before turning to conducting. He graduated with highest honors in music from Princeton University. He was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music Festival for two summers and attended the Pierre Monteux School four summers. He studied conducting in France with Charles Bruck and in Germany and Austria with Michael Gielen. He returned to the U.S. to earn his masters and doctoral degrees in orchestral conducting at the University of Minnesota.
For more information on our Maestro, including a complete concert schedule, please visit his website at www.williamintriligator.com