Mr. Hatton has proven to be one of the most versatile conductors of his generation. His wide interests have led him to work with opera companies, orchestras, chamber orchestras, choruses and bands. He has been called “A very gifted young conductor” by the late Georg Tintner.
As an opera conductor, he has appeared with opera companies in Europe as well as America. He has conducted over 200 opera and ballet performances. Mr. Hatton has conducted the Moravian Opera Theater (of Olomouc, the Czech Republic) in national tours of Germany conducting Verdi’s Aida on two different occasions. Of his performances of Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algeri at the Janacek National Opera Theater in Brno, critics wrote in national publications –
“I consider the biggest contribution to be the musical study, behind which was the young guest conductor Travis Hatton from the U.S. The orchestra under his leadership was a reliable support for the singers, which the soloists, in the fiery whirl of tempos and opulence of vocal embellishments, must have welcomed. The players articulated clearly and precisely; enough room was left for point of detail.” Vladimir Cech –
“The performance was studied musically by the young American Travis Hatton, whose careful work with the orchestra was obvious from the beginning of the overture, which had the right Rossini sparkle, and in excellent accompaniment of the soloists.” – Jindra Bartova.
Mr. Hatton held two posts during his five years in Europe (1992 -1997) – Conductor of the Moravian Opera Theater (Olomouc, the Czech Republic) and Artistic Director of the City Opera Theater of Usti nad Labem (also in the Czech Republic). Mr. Hatton conducted the Eugene (Oregon) Opera in a production of the Marriage of Figaro, and Amahl and the Night Visitors, Hansel and Gretel and The Magic Flute in Vancouver, Washington with the Vancouver Children’s Opera.
As an orchestral conductor, Mr. Hatton has appeared as a guest conductor with orchestras in Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic while in Europe. In 2015, he returned to the Czech Republic to conduct a concert with the Northern Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (from Teplice) in Smetana Hall in Prague. Professional orchestras he has appeared with in Europe include orchestras in the towns of Zlin, Brno, Olomouc, Pardubice, Hradec Karlove, Kosice, Zilina and Opole, Walbrzych and Worclaw in Poland. In the U.S., he has appeared with orchestras in Boston, Tennessee, Indiana, California, Alaska, Colorado, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, North Dakota, and Texas. Since arriving in the Portland area, he has appeared with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (3x), the Columbia Symphony Orchestra (2x), the Portland Festival Symphony, the Mt. Hood Pops Orchestra and the Rose City Chamber Orchestra(3x).
As a wind ensemble conductor, Mr. Hatton served as Interim Director of the Symphonic Band and taught classroom conducting at Oregon State University (1998-2000). While there, Mr. Hatton conducted the Oregon premier of Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments.
As a teacher, in addition to his position at Oregon State University, Mr. Hatton was Assistant Conductor of Orchestras at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, Instructor in Conducting at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and Conductor of the East Central Indiana Youth Symphony. He has also served as the On-Site Director of the International Opera Workshop in Opava, the Czech Republic (1993-1997), organized by Symphonic Workshops, Ltd. of Toronto.
In the summer of 2012, Mr. Hatton made is first appearance with the Portland Festival Symphony Orchestra. He was invited back to work with this orchestra again during the summer of 2013. Also in the summer of 2013, Mr Hatton was invited to conduct the premier performance of the Orpheus Academy Orchestra in Portland. This is a group of advanced young players from the Portland metro area and is part of the newly established Portland Music Festival. Mr. Hatton was invited to be the Artistic Director of the Orpheus Academy Orchestra in 2015.
Mr. Hatton holds a Bachelors of Music degree (awarded Magna Cum Laude) in Music Theory and Composition from the University of the Pacific and a Masters of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music. He is a lifetime member of two musical honors societies, and has been a participant in many conducting programs and workshops including Aspen, The Conductors Institute, and The Festival at Sandpoint. His teachers and instructors have included, Gunther Schuller, Carl St. Clair, Murray Sidlin, Harold Faurberman, Peiro Bellugi, and Leonard Atherton.
Mr. Hatton is the Music Director of the Sunnyside Symphony at the Sunnyside SDA Church in Portland, Oregon. He is also the Music Director of the Beaverton Symphony Orchestra, Director of Orchestras at Valley Catholic School in Beaverton. He currently lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife Lynelle and their 2 children, Kyle and Kara.