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Dustin Soiseth

Oakland, CA         

Conductor Dustin Soiseth is the cofounder of the Loose Filter Project, an arts think tank focused on creating wider cultural engagement for concert music and musicians by bringing attention to substantial, notable music and ideas via informative and entertaining podcasts, writing, and concert events. Past Loose Filter projects have included collaborations with composers Jonathan Newman and Mason Bates.


Most recently Dustin stepped in on short notice to conduct Edwin Roxburgh’s How Pleasant To Know Mr. Lear with SF-based Curious Flights. From 2007-2010 Dustin was an adjunct faculty member at California State University Stanislaus, where he conducted the symphony orchestra, opera, and new music ensemble, as well as taught courses on topics ranging from world music to orchestration. He has degrees from CSU Stanislaus and the Meadows School at SMU, were he studied orchestral conducting with Paul Phillips. Dustin also writes about the Bay Area new music scene for NewMusicBox, and has served as a cover conductor for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He lives in Oakland.

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Headlines March 19 2013 | By Dustin Soiseth
New Marketing for New Art: The Mondavi Center Google Hangout Experiment

I attended a Google hangout with members of the Calder Quartet as part of a new audience engagement initiative supporting the Studio Classics series at the Mondavi Center for the...

Headlines February 26 2013 | By Dustin Soiseth
Kronos Quartet Wraps Residency with a San Francisco Celebration

The Kronos Quartet wrapped up a three-year residency at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts this month with a program devoted to San Francisco composers Dan Becker, Stephen Prutsman,...

Headlines February 8 2013 | By Dustin Soiseth
ZOFO Champions New Piano-Four-Hands Rep in San Francisco

A unique instrumentation hasn’t stopped other new music ensembles from creating repertoires for themselves, and ZOFO seems to be on that path, too. With outstanding musicians like Eva-Maria Zimmermann and...

Headlines June 5 2012 | By Dustin Soiseth
Legacy of Lou Harrison Showcased at L@TE in Berkeley

"He followed his own path, and it took decades to be recognized," says pianist Sarah Cahill. "I think a lot of young composers today—not just in the Bay Area but...

Articles May 16 2012 | By Dustin Soiseth
Great Expectations: The Challenge of New Music In New Spaces

When new music groups perform in rock clubs and other similar venues they are counting on these spaces to recontextualize what they do. But what about the venues that make...

Articles November 23 2011 | By Dustin Soiseth
Shake It To the Ground: SF Musicians Re-envision Classic(al) Career Paths

Today, local enterprising young musicians inhabit a musical world almost totally free of the boundaries previously posed by genres and traditions, a world where contentious issues—formal attire, “alt-classical”—aren’t even issues...