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Niel DePonte is currently music director and conductor of Oregon Ballet Theatre and principal percussionist of the Oregon Symphony. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from the State University of New York and a master of music from the Eastman School of Music. Niel has appeared as a guest conductor with numerous American symphonies and at various music festivals throughout the U.S. Long an advocate for music in the schools, Niel has played a central role in shaping the future of the arts in Oregon. He was one of eleven panelists chosen from across the country to serve on the orchestra panel at the National Endowment for the Arts in 1992 and served on the executive committee of Portland’s cultural planning process, Arts Plan 2000+

Oregon Symphony bio

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