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C. Dwight Oltman
1965 - 1967

Dwight OltmanDwight Oltman joined the faculty of the Manchester College Music Department in 1963 and was appointed conductor of the Manchester Symphony Orchestra in 1965. Before his appointment to the Manchester College faculty, Mr. Oltman held a teaching position at Ravenna High School (NE) from 1958-1962.  During summers, he studied composition at the Eastman School of Music and in France with the legendary Nadia Boulanger.

Mr. Oltman received his baccalaureate degree from McPherson College (KS) in 1958, and his Master of Music degree from Witchita State University in 1963, where he had a conducting assistantship and played trombone in the Wichita Symphony.  He studied conducting with Pierre Monteaux and Max Rudolf before and during his time at Manchester, respectively.  He left Manchester in 1967 for doctoral study at the University of Cincinnati, but was music director of the Wagon Wheel Playhouse in Warsaw, Indiana, for five summers during that time.

Mr. Oltman joined the faculty of Baldwin-Wallace College in 1970, and is currently the Director of the venerable Bach Festival, the Symphony Orchestra, and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music. He is also Music Director and Principal Conductor of Ballet San Jose in California.

Mr. Oltman was the founding Music Director of the Ohio Chamber Orchestra in 1972, which he led for twenty years. He also, from 1976 to 2000, served as Music Director and principal Conductor of Cleveland Ballet, leading hundreds of performances in major cities around the country.  He has travelled extensively around the world with conducting engagements for orchestras and ballet, including Italy, Russia, Scotland, Bulgaria, Canada, and China.