Ron De Fesi (Orchestration) has been the Artistic Director of the Hudson Opera Theatre since its founding in 1977. A student of Sixten Ehrling while at the Juilliard School, he also attended the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, Germany where he completed specialized study in Baroque and Classical performance practice. Additionally, he has a bachelor’s degree in pre-med from Manhattan College, and a graduate degree from New York University in music performance. As well as having been a guest conductor for numerous orchestral, choral, ballet, and opera companies, he has been artistic director and principal conductor for several organizations over the years. He has directed and/or conducted over 350 productions. He is also a basso cantante, and has performed over 100 roles in opera, oratorio, and musical theatre. He is an organist and choir director, plays the cello and the piano and teaches voice. A gifted and prolific arranger, his operatic and ballet reductions continue to be heard globally, as well as his arrangements for numerous instrumental ensembles of everything from classics to po.