Music Director/Conductor Christopher James Hisey has conducted throughout the United States and Europe. He has appeared with the Ruse Philharmonic, and the Plevin Philharmonic in Bulgaria as well as the St. Petersburg "Klassika" Symphony, formerly the Leningrad State Philharmonic Orchestra, in Russia.
In addition to his duties with the Civic Orchestra, Mr. Hisey is the Music Director and co-founder of the American Chamber Orchestra, a group he established with Carl Serbell. The Orchestra's mission is to bring high quality music to the people of the community, as well as promote local artists through featuring them as soloists or premiering their work. In the summer of 2005, the Orchestra traveled to Europe and gave concerts in Vienna, Salzburg and Prague. The group toured Italy in the summer of 2007, performing concerts in Padua, Florence and Milan and is currently planning a tour of Scotland for this coming summer.
Mr. Hisey also serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra. The CVCO is an ensemble that draws serious amateur musicians from all areas of Northern Connecticut and southern Massachusetts. Highlights from the season include the Dvorak Cello concerto featuring Kangho Lee, Professor of Cello at UCONN.
This his 6th season as Music Director of the Troupers Light Opera Company, Mr. Hisey will be conducting 6 performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's "Trial by Jury" and "HMS Pinafore". Mr. Hisey appeared with the Company at Cami Hall in New York City and performed excerpts from The Sorcerer for the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Society. It was written of this performance "…you will likely not have seen a better Sorcerer."
A respected and sought after music educator, Mr. Hisey's most recent appointment is as Music Director of Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras and conductor of their Principal Orchestra. The Youth Orchestras program consists of four orchestras and more than 250 young musicians ranging in ages from 4th grade to seniors in high school.
Mr. Hisey also serves of the String Faculties of Greens Farms Academy, and the Westport School of Music.
....Hisey's energy and his loving devotion to the score, were evident in every bar of the music. BRAVO!" -- The Norwalk Hour
".....More than beating time, Hisey captured the energy and exuberance of the rousing numbers, while remaining sensitive to the score's more introspective, even downright somber moments" -- The Norwalk Hour