Beginning his conducting career when he was 16 with the All-City Children’s Orchestra in Salt Lake City, Lucas Darger has gone on to conduct orchestras across the nation, including the South Texas Youth Symphony, the Lincoln Youth Symphony, the University of Texas at Brownsville Symphony Orchestra, the Pierre Monteux Festival Orchestra, the University of Iowa Philharmonic Orchestra, and the All-University String Orchestra.
As an active violinist, Darger has performed with orchestras throughout the country and also toured internationally. He has served as concertmaster in a number of symphony orchestras, and is an experienced orchestra clinician and adjudicator.
His enthusiasm for music education is notable: “I am passionate about the role of music education in helping prepare students for academic, musical, and personal success no matter what career path they choose.”
Darger obtained a bachelor’s degree in violin performance on scholarship from the University of Utah, where he studied conducting with Dr. Robert Baldwin; he earned his master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Dr. William LaRue Jones, named by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as “one of the most active and versatile symphonic conductors in America today.” Further, he received a fellowship from the prestigious Pierre Monteux School for Conductors in Hancock, Maine, where he studied with the acclaimed Michael Jinbo.
Darger, who has returned to his home state of Utah from Texas, enjoys a diverse variety of activities outside of music, including a brown belt in Judo. He describes himself as an avid Utes fan. In his spare time, he may be found hiking with his family in the Southern Utah mountains or riding his motorcycle with his wife through the picturesque canyons—and even skiing once it gets too cold to ride.
A passionate conductor and musician, Darger has been described as “excelling at expressive, nuanced performances that captivate and energize audiences.”