Music Director and Conductor

Dr. Gene H. MoonGene H. Moon

2016-2017 marked Gene Moon’s inaugural season as the Longview Symphony’s Music Director and Conductor. A nationally and internationally renowned conductor, Gene Moon has led performances throughout the U.S., Asia, Europe and South America.

A staunch advocate of education, he is in his eleventh year serving as director of orchestras at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX where the Orchestra of the Pines, the university flagship orchestra, regularly performs to sold-out audiences in captivating classical subscription concerts, opera productions, choral masterworks and pops programs.

Furthermore, Moon is in his third year as Music Director and Conductor of the East Texas Youth Orchestra, where he focuses on equipping musicians of younger generations to become excellent classically-trained musicians.

His devotion towards young musicians and charisma in sharing his passion for music is seen in his work throughout the state of Texas and beyond. He has led orchestras and performed as soloist and chamber musician worldwide. Having returned from his South American debut in Medellin, Colombia conducting the Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín, Dr. Moon is widely desired as guest conductor with continued engagements including the Sewanee Music Festival, the 2016 Arkansas All-State Orchestra, an international appearance with the University of Macau Orchestra, the 2014 and 2011 Louisiana All-State Orchestra, a 2010 engagement conducting the Gang Nam Symphony Orchestra in Seoul, South Korea and the 2008 TPSMEA (Texas Private Schools) All-State Orchestra.

Previous posts include the faculties at the University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, the Mid-Del school district and as music director and conductor of the Oklahoma Youth Symphonies.

Born in Texas, Moon began his musical studies at the age of seven studying piano and violin. He holds degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma, New York University and the University of Oklahoma. The list of distinguished conductors Moon has studied with include Jonathan Shames, John Jeter, and, in masterclass, with world-renown conductor, Sergiu Comissiona. His piano studies have been guided by Jan Pokorny Steele, Lee Dai Wook, Dierdre O’Donohue, Ed Gates and noted Van Cliburn medalist Valery Kuleshov.