Cal Stewart Kellogg, Music Director

2023-2024 Schedule


November 4, 2023

Mesa Arts Center - 7:00 PM


December 9, 2023

Mesa Arts Center - 7:00 PM


February 17. 2024

Mesa Arts Center - 7:00 PM


April 20, 2024

Side-by-Side with

Youth Sympony of the Southwest

Mesa Arts Center - 7:00 PM


Cal Stewart Kellogg first conducted the Symphony of the Southwest in 2005 after completing a six year collaboration with the Arizona Opera. Beginning his career in the symphonic concert hall, he has performed with such orchestras as the Antwerp Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Symphony, Israel Sinfonietta and in Italy with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestra of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the radio orchestras of Rome, Naples and Turin. In North America, he has conducted the Baltimore Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony, Seattle Symphony, New World Symphony, Orchestra of Illinois, Philharmonic Orchestra of Florida and at the Spoleto Festival, U.S.A. He served as Music Director of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra from 1993-1998.

Before moving to Phoenix in 2000, Mr. Kellogg conducted 24 opera productions over 16 consecutive seasons for the Washington Opera at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. He has also conducted performances at the Teatro d’Opera di Roma, Teatro San Carlo Opera of Napoli, Teatro Reggio di Parma, Teatro San Carlos Felice di Genova, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Montreal, Canadian Opera Company, Houston Grand Opera, Utah Opera, Portland Opera and Seattle Opera.

Mr. Kellogg attained international attention as the first-prize winner of the Gino Marinuzzi Conducting Competition and as a co-winner of the Guido Cantelli Conducting Competition. He made his operatic debut with the Rome Opera Leading a production of Nino Rota’s Aladino e la Lampada Magica and New York City Opera debut conducting Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Saint of Bleeker Street, both at the request of the composers. The Menotti opera was featured on the PBS series Live from Lincoln Center. He earned a diploma in conducting from the Conservatorio di Musica S. Cecilia in Rome under the guidance of the legendary Franco Ferrara, and also earned diplomas in composition and bassoon. Mr. Kellogg lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Jamie and their sons Mark and Sean.