Director of Orchestral Studies, Interim Director of Wind Ensemble
DEAN ANDERSON is currently completing his third season as the music director for the Dana Point Symphony. Additionally, he holds a faculty position at Fullerton College as music director for the Fullerton College Symphony, where he also teaches violin and viola. He is frequently engaged as an orchestra clinician and has worked with youth ensembles from across the United States.
He has been invited to guest conduct on numerous occasions and has led the Grumo Festival Orchestra (Grumo, Italy), Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Siam Sinfonietta (Bankgok, Thailand),Yakima Chamber Orchestra, Cerritos College Orchestra, and the Orange County Youth Symphony. In 2011, he was invited to guest conduct the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony in Vietnam and was the first American ever to conduct the orchestra professionally in Ho Chi Minh City.
His past positions as music director include the Orange County Symphony, the Columbia Civic Orchestra, the Missouri Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Stephens College Orchestra.
As a collaborative artist, he has participated in projects with the Chance Theater, Nouveau Chamber Ballet, the Anaheim Ballet, and conducted the recording session at Capitol Records of music by Kostas Christides and Minos Matsas for the full-length documentary on the life and work of Stan Lee entitled With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010).
Mr. Anderson studied violin and conducting at the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he studied with John McLeod and Edward Dolbashian respectively. He has also participated in conducting master classes with such prominent teachers as Gustav Meier, Mark Gibson, Marin Alsop, Mihail Agafita, Don Thulean, Neal Stulberg and Lawrence Golan. Recently, he has been appointed the director of orchestral studies at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA.