Donald Chan Musical Supervisor & Conductor
The multi-talented Donald Chan is a conductor, musical director, pianist and composer. He studied at San Jose State University and the Juilliard School of Music in New York and received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. His extensive repertoire as musical director includes the most significant and influential works of the American music theatre: West Side Story, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, The Pirates of Penzance and The Phantom of the Opera.
In addition to his work on Broadway, he was invited to be a guest at theatres including the American Conservatory Theatre, the opera houses in Cleveland and Seattle and the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Donald Chan served for twelve years as the Musical Director for the St. Louis Municipal Opera, the largest theatre in the USA. He worked with stars such as Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Chita Rivera, Carol Lawrence, Joel Grey, Len Cariou, Sid Caesar, Anna Sikolow and countless other celebrated artists, and accompanied jazz legends including Clark Terry, Shelly Manne and Frank Rosselino on the piano.
As a composer, he has written music for a wide range of ensembles as well as for plays by Ibsen and Brecht. He also composed the music for the PBS documentation March of the Living. Donald Chan has conducted more than a thousand productions of West Side Story, including shows in 2000 and 2003 at the La Scala in Milan.