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Conductor and educator Pierre-Alain Chevalier has worn many hats in his career, crossing the entire country while performing with numerous ensembles and teaching students of all ages. With a community-centered approach toward programming and performance, Chevalier made a name for himself as music director of the Baytown Symphony Orchestra, ultimately winning third in the American Prize in Orchestral Conducting in 2019 and Orchestra Performance in 2021. A flagship for the performing arts in the community, the ensemble presented innovative concerts that reinvigorated the organization and brought it into the 21st century. More recently Chevalier made his Oregon debut guest conducting the Willamette Valley Symphony in October 2022.

Chevalier has taught a variety of subjects, from conducting and music education, to music theory, aural skills, voice, piano, and music appreciation, and has directed student ensembles including choir, orchestra, musical theater, and opera. Most recently Chevalier directed choirs at Mt. Hood Community College (winter 2022) and conducted the Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra (fall 2021 and winter 2022) while their leaders were on sabbatical. Before returning home to Portland with his family, Chevalier taught at Lee College (Baytown), the Lone Star College System, San Jacinto College, Houston Community College, and served as Interim Director of Orchestral Activities at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in 2019. He has also taught primary and secondary students in Oregon and Texas and served as a clinician throughout his career.

Chevalier is the Marketing and Administrative Coordinator for the renowned Oregon Repertory Singers in Portland. Additional activities include composition, music production, videography and photography, and general creativity in multimedia. In 2016 he was a winner of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition in Atlanta, Georgia and holds degrees from the Moores School of Music (DMA), The Hartt School (MM) and Willamette University (BM).

In concert Chevalier has conducted the  Willamette Valley Symphony, Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra, Symphony of Southeast Texas in Beaumont (TX), Coeur D’Alene Symphony (ID), Rainier Symphony (WA), the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra (GA), the Bayou City Symphony (TX), the Rose City Chamber Orchestra (OR), Orchestra of the Pines and SFA Opera Theater (TX), the Hartt Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Players (CT), the Moores School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras (TX), Houston Community College’s Southwest Choir, the Houston Cecelia Chamber Choir, and Willamette University’s Dramatic Vocal Arts Ensemble (OR).

 

Chevalier has taught at AFA (formerly the American Festival for the Arts), Sam Houston (MSTC) High School, Memorial Elementary (TX), Horizon Elementary (OR), and Fowler Middle School (OR), and served as a clinician for programs in the Goose Creek Memorial, Cypress-Fairbanks, Spring, Klein, Katy, and Houston School Districts in Texas, and Lake Washington School District in Washington.

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