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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.

2020-2021 Orchestra

First Violins

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

Second Violins

Marissa Murphy –Principal, J. Emmet Burke Chair
Ariadna Buonviri –Associate Principal
Julianna Chitwood* –Assistant Principal
Karin Kelleher*
Ruth Erbe
Teresa L. Gordon
Melanie Kuperstein
Swiatoslaw 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
Katlyn DeGraw – Associate Principal
Molly Jones Castrucci – Assistant Principal
Aneta Otreba
Mauricio Betanzo
Youbin Jun
Alyssa Moquin
Jessica Siegel Weaver


Adriane Benvenuti Irving – Principal, Stuart Knussen Chair
Open Associate Principal
Alec Hiller
Kimberly Parillo
Brandon Smith


Kimberly Valerio* – Principal, Marjorie M. Hobbs Chair
Nicolette Driehuys Oppelt – Acting Principal
Elena Yakovleva


Elena Yakovleva


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

English Horn

Rick Basehore


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

Bass Clarinet

Reis McCullough


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


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


Zachary Bridges – 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


Open Principal


OpenJames G. Pierné Chair

Personnel Manager

Magaly Rojas Seay


D. Marianne Gooding

Recording Engineer

Bill Holaday

* On leave

+ One-year position