George Manahan

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George Manahan (born 1952, Atlanta, Georgia, USA) is an American conductor. George Manahan_sentence_0

He is currently music director of the American Composers Orchestra and Portland Opera. George Manahan_sentence_1

He served many seasons as music director of New York City Opera George Manahan_sentence_2

Manahan's parents were church musicians. George Manahan_sentence_3

In high school, he was a drum major in his high school marching band, and also conducted this band. George Manahan_sentence_4

Another of his earliest musical engagements was as conductor of a pit orchestra at the Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park. George Manahan_sentence_5

He studied piano and conducting at the Manhattan School of Music, where his teachers included Anton Coppola and George Schick. George Manahan_sentence_6

He graduated from the Manhattan School of Music with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1973 and a Master of Music degree in 1976. George Manahan_sentence_7

He was named to the Manhattan School of Music faculty after his graduation. George Manahan_sentence_8

In parallel with this appointment, the Juilliard School awarded him a fellowship as Assistant Conductor with the American Opera Center. George Manahan_sentence_9

Manahan has since remained on the Manhattan School of Music faculty, as director of orchestral studies. George Manahan_sentence_10

Manahan was the Exxon Arts Endowment Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO), and interim music director of the NJSO from 1983 to 1985. George Manahan_sentence_11

He has also served as conductor of the Steve Reich Ensemble. George Manahan_sentence_12

He was music director of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra from 1987 to 1998. George Manahan_sentence_13

During his Richmond tenure, the orchestra received five ASCAP awards for "Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music". George Manahan_sentence_14

He was principal conductor of Minnesota Opera from 1988 to 1996. George Manahan_sentence_15

Manahan made his professional opera conducting debut with the Santa Fe Opera in 1980, with the American premiere of Arnold Schoenberg's Von Heute Auf Morgen, as an emergency substitute conductor. George Manahan_sentence_16

He has since returned regularly to Santa Fe Opera, where his subsequent appearances have included conducting the world premiere of Tobias Picker's and J.D. McClatchy's Emmeline. George Manahan_sentence_17

He was music director of Opera/Omaha for the 1982-1983 season. George Manahan_sentence_18

In 1983, he was named music director of the New York City Opera National Company, the touring division of New York City Opera. George Manahan_sentence_19

Manahan made his New York City Opera mainstage conducting debut in 1991. George Manahan_sentence_20

In 1996, the company named him its music director, and he began in the post in 1997. George Manahan_sentence_21

He held his New York City Opera tenure until the elimination of the music director position from the company in 2011. George Manahan_sentence_22

Manahan first guest-conducted at Portland Opera in 2005. George Manahan_sentence_23

He became music director of Portland Opera with the 2012-2013 season. George Manahan_sentence_24

Manahan became music director of the American Composers Orchestra with the 2010-2011 season. George Manahan_sentence_25

Other work in contemporary music has included conducting the world premiere of Terence Blanchard's and Michael Cristofer's Champion. George Manahan_sentence_26

Manahan was the 2012 winner of the Ditson Conductor's Award. George Manahan_sentence_27

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