Alfred E. Sturgis is a highly sought after conductor whose versatility and extensive background allow him to journey comfortably into a wide variety of musical experiences. He currently serves as Music Director of the Tar River Orchestra, the Carolina Ballet and the North Carolina Master Chorale. Known for being a strong collaborative artist, Sturgis has also enjoyed a great deal of experience in Opera and Musical Theatre.
Sturgis has served as Guest Conductor for the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center, North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Carolina Chamber Orchestra, Raleigh Civic Symphony, National Opera Company, Capital Opera, Long Leaf Opera, and North Carolina Theatre. He has conducted orchestral and opera performances overseas in France, Bulgaria, and China, and recently served as a clinician for the inaugural London International Choral Festival. Early in his career he performed a number of roles in musical theatre, opera, and oratorio, in addition to touring and recording in Southern France with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. Sturgis still performs occasionally as a counter tenor or baritone.
Under his skilled artistic leadership the NC Master Chorale has made appearances at state and regional conferences of the American Choral Director’s Association, recorded three Christmas CDs, and several television broadcasts on WRAL and UNC-TV. They have also been involved in numerous successful collaborations with the Carolina Ballet and the North Carolina Symphony. Sturgis’s Ballet repertoire consists of over thirty works, including a number of world premieres, and he has amassed over 300 “Nutcracker” performances with the Carolina Ballet. In recognition of his dynamic musical leadership, Sturgis was awarded the 1996 Raleigh Medal of Arts.