Acclaimed conductor, audience builder, communicator and arts advocate, Stefan Sanders is proud to begin his third season as the Music Director of the Central Texas Philharmonic. Stefan also embarks on his fifth season as the Music Director for the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina. Having collaborated with an array of distinguished orchestras and guest artists, Stefan’s recent guest conducting appearances include the Sarasota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Stockton Symphony, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil (Ecuador), Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska (Poland), Filharomonia Podcarpacka (Poland), Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Opera, and the Round Top International Festival Institute. Since 2017, Stefan has also served as a cover/assistant conductor for the New York Philharmonic.
From 2014-2018 Stefan served as the Associate and Resident Conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic, where he led the orchestra in over 200 performances on all of the orchestra’s series. In May of 2018, Stefan led the National Orchestra of Cuba in a sold-out performance of the legendary film music of John Williams. Stefan also served as Principal Conductor for Arkansas’ Hot Springs Music Festival in the summer of 2018.
In 2016, Stefan was one of 5 featured conductors at the League of American Orchestras “Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.” This prestigious conductor showcase is designed to feature talented young conductors poised for music directorships with American Orchestras and was hosted by Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony.
Prior to a career as a conductor, Stefan was an internationally renowned trombonist, having performed as a soloist in North America, Asia and Europe. His performance of Eric Ewazen’s Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra, with the Czech Philharmonic can be heard on the Albany Records label. Mr. Sanders was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic’s trombone section for seven seasons and has performed with several orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, and the Seattle Opera’s 2001 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Stefan was a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under the tutelage of maestros, Larry Rachleff, Robert Spano, and Hugh Wolff. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.
We will announce our musicians for the 2021/2022 Season soon!