Obituary: Conductor Gerhard Track, 87

Posted on: May 11, 2022

“Austrian conductor and composer Gerhard Track, who led the Pueblo Symphony Orchestra for nearly two decades, has died in Vienna at the age of 87,” writes Karin Zeitvogel in Monday’s (5/9) Pueblo Chieftain (CO). “Born Sept. 17, 1934, in Vienna, Track sang as a child in the renowned Vienna Boys’ Choir before going on to complete his studies in Vienna. He [moved to the United States] to take a job at St. John’s University in Minnesota in 1958…. In addition to teaching at St. John’s, Track set up the university’s men’s symphony orchestra and a men’s chorus. From 1965-1969, he led the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Minneapolis, before moving to Colorado to become the conductor of Pueblo Symphony Orchestra…. Track also taught at Southern Colorado State College, now Colorado State University Pueblo…. In 1970, Track launched the Mozart Festival, an international competition for musicians…. Track also started the Hausmusik Konzert series [presented] in private homes and open to the public…. He left Pueblo in 1989 and returned to Vienna…. Track and his wife, Michaela, raised two sons, Alex and Wolfgang, in Pueblo.” Track’s funeral will be held Friday in Vienna.