Our Musicians

Stefan Sanders

Music Director

Acclaimed conductor, audience builder, communicator and arts advocate, Stefan Sanders is thrilled to begin his fourth season as the Music Director for the Central Texas Philharmonic. He also embarks on his 6th 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 San Antonio Symphony, Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatán (Mérida, MX), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba (Havana, Cuba), Sarasota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, 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 an assistant conductor for the New York Philharmonic. This season, Stefan’s guest conducting engagements include return visits to the San Antonio Philharmonic, Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska (Poland), and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba (Havana, Cuba).

From 2014-2018 Stefan served as the Associate and Resident Conductor for the Buffalo Philharmonic, where he lead the orchestra in over 200 performances on all of the orchestra’s series. 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.



2023/2024 Season

Daniela Lancara deEspinoza,
Antonio Cevallos
Jeff Elliot
Tiffany Schwalm
Xiaohui Yang
Greg Zychowski
Alice Sakharov
Eunice Cho
Brett Detweiler
James Mack

Michael Hilton, Principal
Glenda Cisler
Justin Scheibel
Emily Bishop
Kayla Mcguire
Kevin Garcia-Hettinger
Jamie See
Barbara Hughston
Kayla Green
Beverly Minz
Svetlana Clifft

Tiana Moritz, Principal
Rohan Joshi
Vincent Marks
Jason Elinoff
Nate Smith
Sera Jung
Amy Cox
Meagan Peaco


Tsz To Wong, Principal
Kristin Behlmann
Lena Timmons
Chi-Hui Kao
Eunhie Lim
Katsuaki Arakawa

CJ Johnson, Principal
Christopher Arcy
Tony Sanfilippo
Juan Andres Hernandez Labra

Heather Havens, Principal
Allison Asthana

Amy Burgus, Principal
Rebecca Haskins
Korey Young

Shih-Wen Fan, Principal
Rebecca Berinsky
Nicholas Councilor

Julia Littleton, Principal
Alex Onieal
Shawn Karson

Shawn Karson, Principal

Paul Blackstone, Principal
Sarah Au
Michael Woodard

Michael Arnold, Principal
Michael Piccione
Matthew Hernandez

Will Dorsey, Principal
Manny Arrendondo

Billy Gayman, Principal

David Hummel, Principal

Arlo Shultis, Principal

Tim Mabrey, Principal
Cindy Willis
Tim Shuster

Rachel Browne, Principal

Martin Kesuma, Principal