Donald Spieth
  • Artist-in-ResidenceDonald Spieth
  • Conductor, Moravian College Community Orchestra


Donald Spieth came to Pennsylvania as a Natonal Teaching Fellow at Moravian College where he is currently Artist-in-Residence in Music and is Conductor of the Moravian College COmmunity Orchestra, an ensemble which he started forty years ago and from which he took a twenty year leave to pursue other conducting responsibilities.

Spieth has established himself as a conductor, orchestra builder, and educator. His imaginative programming and expressive performances have been met enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike. He is also Adjunct Professor and Music Department Coordinator at Northampton Community College.

Spieth has led highly acclaimed New York performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. The New York Times has said, "The Orchestra, led by Donald Spieth, played energetically, precisely and sweetly." He has collaborated with celebrated artists from Emanuel Ax and Joshua Bell to Sarah Chang and Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg among many others.

For over 25 years, Spieth served as Music Director and Conductor of both the Lehigh Valley Chamber Orchestra and the Schuylkill Symphony Orchestra. He is currently the Principal Guest Conductor of the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra at Lehigh University. In addition to his 2007 MCO recording, he has made three internationally distributed recordings and received the prestigious national American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) award for Adventuresome Programming of Contemporary Music.

As an advocate for American music, Spieth, with his various orchestras, has premiered over thirty new orchestral works through the annual commissioning of local, national, and international composers.

Donald Spieth began his formal training at the University of Iowa where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in music performance and literature. His primary conducting teachers have included James Dixon at Iowa and Sixten Ehrling at The Juilliard School.