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William Intriligator

INTRILIGATOR, William. (Santa Monica, CA-- ). A graduate with highest honors in music from Princeton University, Intriligator was originally an accomplished oboist before taking an interest in conducting. He then studied conducting in France and Germany and was Assistant Conductor of the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra. (1) He returned to the U.S. to earn his masters and doctoral degrees in orchestral conducting at the University of Minnesota, where he conducted a full production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at age 23. (2) His doctoral degree was the first ever awarded in the Graduate-Apprentice Conducting Program; his thesis explored the influence of early German Romantic philosophers and their beliefs on the orchestral works of Robert Schumann. He received the first diploma in conducting from the university's Program in Music Performance and was awarded the Isidore & Helen Sacks Memorial Prize as the most outstanding musician in his class. (3)

He has led performances with distinguished orchestras including those of Honolulu, Houston, Minnesota, Richmond, Saint Paul, Savannah and Tulsa. (4)

In Dubuque as the music director and conductor, Intriligator led the symphony in opera and ballet productions, large-scale music festivals, family concerts, a chamber series, new education concerts and concepts. The orchestra also presented both local and world premieres. (5)

Reflecting his commitment to community outreach, many new partnerships have been developed with the community. He was an original member of the City of Dubuque Arts and Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission; co-hosted "Sunday Serenade," a weekly radio show with Paul HEMMER on KDTH; wrote a monthly column in The Golden View newspaper; regularly visited ten to twelve schools in advance of concert weekends and service clubs; and was active with other local boards and activities. In 2008 he was doing four episodes per year of "Maestro and Me" for cable access television. (6)

In 2019, Intriligator was in his nineteenth season as the Music Director of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. He was also the director of the Cheyenne (WY) Symphony Orchestra. (7)


1. Gloss, Megan, "Leading Lights of Music," The Arts in the Tri-States (special publication), Telegraph Herald, May 23, 2019, p. 36

2. "William Intriligator," Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, Online: http://www.dubuquesymphony.org/about-us/william-intriligator/

3. "175 Years" Vol. II Telegraph Herald, p. 107

4. Ibid.

5. Ibid.

6. Ibid.

7. Gloss