Norman Huynh is currently the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Associate Conductor of the Oregon Symphony. Now in his third season, he is responsible for conducting an array of concerts including classical subscription, film, education, family and specials. He has filled in last minute on numerous occasions, conducting Augustin Hadelich for the 18/19 season opening concert; and worked closely with Yefim Bronfman on Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto.
This season, Norman makes his debut with the Rochester Philharmonic, Grant Park Music Festival, Omaha Symphony, and a reengagement with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Norman has served as a cover conductor for the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics.
Prior to Oregon, Norman was the Assistant Conductor for the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine from 2013-2016. Through this position, he visited over sixty schools and implemented Symphony and Spirits: a series that continues to bring over 500 new concert-goers under the age of forty to the PSO. In his final season, Norman stepped in to conduct a masterworks concert; The Portland Press Herald stated, "he had the orchestra sounding warm and robust, and he created a strong parting impression of a young conductor with clear ability and a strong interpretive will.."
Throughout his career, Norman has conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony (UK), Baltimore Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, 45th Parallel Chamber Orchestra, and Portland Symphony. His international engagements include the Leipziger Symphonieorchester, Orchestra Sinfònica del Vallès of Spain, and The Princess Galyani Vadhana Youth Orchestra of Thailand. Norman served as an assistant conductor for the Spoleto Music Festival, Opera Carolina, and Baltimore Grand Opera.
Norman is a graduate of the prestigious Aspen Music Festival and School studying under the tutelage of Robert Spano. He was also a participant in the Tanglewood Music Center's Conducting Seminar with Stefan Asbury. In 2015, Norman shared the podium with New York Philharmonic Music Director Emeritus, Kurt Masur at the Manhattan School of Music. Subsequently, he was awarded the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship, which provided the opportunity to study privately with the late maestro at his home in Leipzig, culminating in a concert with the Leipziger Symphonieorchester.
In 2012, Norman co-founded the Occasional Symphony, an organization that spreads orchestral music throughout the city of Baltimore. Occasional Symphony performs on holidays by presenting innovative programs that resonate with its eclectic venue. One of Norman’s greatest passions is educating the next generation of musicians and music lovers. With an extensive background in music education, he develops youth concerts to provide a tailored and meaningful experience for concertgoers of all ages. His performances have been nationally broadcasted on American Public Media's Performance Today.
Norman studied orchestral conducting at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University working with Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, and Marin Alsop. Previous teachers include John Ratledge, Demondrae Thurman and Adrian Gnam.