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Elizabeth Schulze, Music Director

Music Director Elizabeth Schulze

With passion, verve, and illuminating musicianship, Elizabeth Schulze has been conducting orchestras and opera companies, advocating for music education, and electrifying audiences in the United States and abroad for more than two and a half decades.

Recipient of the very first Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s Elizabeth Schulze Music Advocacy Award in 2014, and the 2013 Sorel Medallion in Conducting for her adventurous programming, Schulze is in her 16th season as the Music Director and Conductor of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and her 7th season as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, she is Principal Guest Conductor of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

In 1996 she made her European debut, leading the Mainz Chamber Orchestra in the Atlantisches Festival in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She appeared in Paris as the assistant guest conductor for the Paris Opera and has also appeared in London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Vienna with the National Symphony during its 1997 European tour. Her most recent international work includes conducting the Hong Kong Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. This fall takes her to Taiwan for appearances with Taipei's Evergreen Symphony Orchestra.

Schulze’s recent guest conducting in the States includes appearances with the New Jersey, Detroit, San Francisco, and Chautauqua symphony orchestras. Her past positions with U.S. orchestras include an appointment as associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, music director and conductor of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, a seven-year position as music director and conductor of the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, cover conductor and conducting assistant for the New York Philharmonic, and assistant conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic, an appointment sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Since the beginning of her career, Schulze has been a spirited advocate for music education. Her far-ranging work includes her ongoing association with the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute (SMI). For 14 years Schulze has conducted, taught and mentored dozens of young musicians in the SMI at the Kennedy Center.  She has also conducted the American Composer’s Orchestra in educational and family concerts in Carnegie Hall and throughout New York City. And for six years, Schulze joined her mentor Leonard Slatkin teaching at the NSO’s National Conducting Institute.

Her music education and mentoring work, spans from elementary to university students. She was an artist-in-residence at Northwestern University and has guest conducted the orchestras of The University of Maryland, the Manhattan School of Music and Catholic University of America and guest lectured at The Juilliard School.

Schulze’s own education includes training in Europe and in the United States. She graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and as an honors student from Interlochen Arts Academy. She holds graduate degrees in orchestral and choral conducting from SUNY at Stony Brook. She was the first doctoral fellow in orchestral conducting at Northwestern University and was selected as a conducting fellow at L’École d’Arts Americaines in France. In 1991, she was the recipient of the first Aspen Music School Conducting Award. At Aspen, she has worked with Murry Sidlin, Lawrence Foster, and Sergiu Commissiona. As a Tanglewood fellow, she has worked with Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier, and Leonard Bernstein.

Schulze is represented by John Such Artists Management, Ltd.

2016-2017 Orchestra

First Violins

Robert Martin - Concertmaster, MSO Guild Chair
Joanna Natalia Owen - Associate Concertmaster
Heather L. Austin-Stone - Assistant Concertmaster
Lysiane Gravel-Lacombe - Thomas Marks Chair
Catherine Nelson
H. Lee Brewster
Mauricio D. Couto
Yen-Jung Chen
Megan Gray
Heather Haughn
Petr Skopek
Madeline Watson

Second Violins

Marissa Murphy –Principal, J. Emmet Burke Chair
Ariadna Buonviri –Associate Principal
Julianna Chitwood –Assistant Principal
Karin Kelleher
Ruth Erbe
Teresa L. Gordon
Swiatek Kuznik
Mary Katherine Whitesides
Patricia Wnek


Phyllis Freeman –Principal, Alan J. Noia Chair
Magaly Rojas Seay – Associate Principal
Daphne Benichou – Assistant Principal
Sungah Min
Rachel Holaday*
Stephanie Knutsen
Sean Lyons
Alice Tung


Todd Thiel – Principal, J. Ramsay Farah Chair
Open Associate Principal
Katlyn DeGraw – Assistant Principal
Aneta Otreba
Mauricio Betanzo
Molly Jones
Jessica Siegel Weaver*


Adriane Benvenuti Irving – Principal, Stuart Knussen Chair
Michael Rittling– Associate Principal
Lee Philip
Alec Hiller
Kimberly Parillo


Kimberly Valerio – Principal, Marjorie M. Hobbs Chair
Susan Mott
Elena Yakovleva


Elena Yakovleva


Fatma Daglar – Principal, Joel L. Rosenthal Chair
David M. James

English Horn

David M. James


Beverly Butts - Principal, John M. Waltersdorf Chair
Michael Hoover*
Jay Niepoetter - Acting 2nd Clarinet

Bass Clarinet

Edna Huang + - Acting Bass Clarinet


Erich Heckscher – Principal, Bennett S. Rubin Chair
Scott Cassada
Susan Copeland Wilson

Contra Bassoon

Susan Copeland Wilson


Joseph Lovinsky –Principal, Libby Powell Chair
Mark L. Hughes – Assistant Principal
Chandra Cervantes
James D. Vaughn
Paul Hopkins


Nathan Clark – Principal, Robert T. Kenney Chair
Scott A. Nelson –Robert W. Grab Chair
Matthew Misener


Wayne Wells – Principal, Richard T. Whisner Chair
Jeffrey Gaylord
Kaz Kruszewski


Daniel Sherlock – Principal, Claude J. Bryant Chair


Meagan Gillis – Principal, William J. Reuter Chair


Donald A. Spinelli – Principal, Donald R. Harsh, Jr. Chair
Julie Angelis Boehler*
Robert Hayden Jenkins


Marian Rian Hays


Open – James G. Pierné Chair

Personnel Manager

Magaly Rojas Seay


D. Marianne Gooding

Recording Engineer

Bill Holaday

*on leave

+ guest musician