Founded in 1979, the Galveston Symphony Orchestra performs quality classical music with a strong commitment to artistic excellence and community involvement. Dedicated musicians from all parts of Galveston County bring unforgettable live concert experiences to Galveston Island. With a repertoire of compositions ranging from the baroque to the contemporary, most concerts include internationally-famous soloists.
GSO Music Director / Conductor
Trond Saeverud joined the Galveston Symphony Orchestra in 2013 as conductor and music director after conducting in Denmark, Norway, and the United States.
As a concert violinist, Trond has been a soloist with major orchestras in Europe and in the United States, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Lincoln Center, New York. He has produced CDs as a soloist with orchestras in Norway and Denmark and regularly premieres new works that are written for him. Trond’s solo CD “Ghosts” received the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy Award (1997). His recital CD “Hika” was editor’s choice, Strad Magazine (2002).
Trond studied conducting with Brian Priestman at the University of Kansas (DMA, 2002) while serving as frequent guest conductor for the “Kansas City Camerata” and producing, as doctoral thesis, a new critical edition of the Second Symphony of his grandfather, Harald Saeverud.
In 2008-2010, Trond conducted the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in several subscriptions and Pops concerts, including a very successful stage production of West Side Story. Trond is the founder and artistic director of the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra in Maine and also serves as concertmaster of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his GSO duties, Trond is also the music director for the UTMB – Galveston Healing Arts Orchestra.
GSO Executive Director
Tara brings a love of music and experience managing non-profit organizations to her position with GSO. A lifelong Texan and BOI, she is excited to be working with GSO.
2022-23 Galveston Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors
David Schuler, President
Dr. David Brown, President-Elect
Cindy Cook-Marza, Secretary
Dr. Bernd U. Budelmann, Treasurer
June Collins Pulliam, Past President
Liz Lawhorn Cryder
Dr. Andy Grant
Dr. Brian McKinnon
Trond Saeverud, ex-officio
Tara Minor, ex-officio