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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 States and abroad for more than two and a half decades.

Recipient of the 2013 Sorel Medallion in Conducting for her adventurous programming, Schulze is the Music Director and Conductor of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. She recently completed a nine year tenure as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.

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 in Hong Kong, Jerusalem and Taipei. Her guest conducting work in the U.S. includes appearances with over 20 American orchestras.

Schulze’s recent guest conducting in the States includes performances with the Anchorage and New West Symphony Orchestras. Her 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 tenure as music director and conductor of the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, 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 included an association with the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute (SMI). For over decade, Schulze 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 LinkUp 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 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.

2017-2018 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

Violas

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

Cellos

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

Basses

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

Flutes

Kimberly Valerio – Principal, Marjorie M. Hobbs Chair
Nicolette Oppelt+
Elena Yakovleva

Piccolo

Elena Yakovleva

Oboes

Fatma Daglar – Principal, Joel L. Rosenthal Chair
Amanda Dusold
Open

English Horn

Open

Clarinets

Beverly Butts - Principal, John M. Waltersdorf Chair
Open
Jay Niepoetter

Bass Clarinet

Jay Niepoetter

Bassoons

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

Contra Bassoon

Susan Copeland Wilson

Horns

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

Trumpets

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

Trombones

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

Tuba

Andrew Doub – Principal, Claude J. Bryant Chair

Timpani

Meagan Gillis – Principal, William J. Reuter Chair

Percussion

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

Harp

Marian Rian Hays

Piano/Keyboard

OpenJames G. Pierné Chair

Personnel Manager

Magaly Rojas Seay

Librarian

D. Marianne Gooding

Recording Engineer

Bill Holaday

*on leave

+ guest musician