Conductor, Music Director and Pianist Evan Roider maintains an active schedule performing across the United States and abroad. Currently, he serves as Music Director/Conductor for the National Tour of Wicked, having recently toured with Les Misérables and Cats. He recently appeared as a guest conductor with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra as part of their Tanger Family Pops series featuring The Ten Tenors, and during the 2020-2021 season was Cover Conductor for the Dallas Symphony Pops, working with artists such as Kelli O'Hara, Caroline Campbell, Steven Reineke, Jeff Tyzik and Rob Fisher. Highlights of the 2022-2023 season include a return to Greensboro Symphony for Michael Feinstein's celebration of Judy Garland, appearances with the Pacific Symphony and The Manhattan Transfer, Tucson Symphony and Pink Martini, and a return to The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
As a music director and conductor for musical theatre, he has led productions of Mack and Mabel, A Chorus Line, Company, Into the Woods, The Music Man, Avenue Q, Spring Awakening, and The Wizard of Oz, among others. He was the Assistant Music Director for Candide at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and in 2019, was awarded the Best Music Director award from Broadway World CT for his work on Evita (ACT of Connecticut). In 2014, he served as music director and pianist for Broadway in Ravello (Italy), a production that was broadcast on Italian National Television, and in 2013, he premiered new arrangements of Leonard Bernstein works at Grand Performances Los Angeles. With the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center and Vineyard Arts Project, he assisted in the development of Home Street Home, a new musical by Fat Mike (NOFX) and Jeff Marx (Avenue Q). At Barrington Stage, he was the Associate Music Director for the critically acclaimed production of The Pirates of Penzance.
As a pianist, Evan is a strong advocate of new music, having worked with composers Jake Heggie, William Bolcom, Gwyneth Walker, and Ben Moore, among others. In 2014, he made his debut in China with Cardiff Singer of the World Yang Guang and in 2015, he spearheaded a residency featuring Jake Heggie and Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking). He has performed at SongFest at the Colburn School, the Indiana University Summer Music Festival, the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, and the New Orleans International Piano Competition Institute. He has coached with Graham Johnson, Martin Katz, Margo Garrett, and Aldo Ciccolini, among others.
Evan is a graduate of the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, where he earned a masters in orchestral conducting. He received the bachelor of music from the Hartt School under the instruction of Anne Koscielny and David Westfall.
"Under the musical direction of Conductor Evan Roider, the orchestration is wonderful and well-balanced." - MD Theatre Guide
"I am so proud when young musicians initiate a project that addresses the arts, politics and social justice. Evan is doing that." - Jake Heggie