Stefan Sanders is the Music Director of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (NC), the Spartanburg Philharmonic (SC), and the Round Rock Symphony in Central Texas. This summer Stefan finishes a four year tenure with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Having conducted over 200 performances with the BPO, Stefan was appointed Associate Conductor in 2014 and was promoted to Resident Conductor in 2016. He has collaborated with an array of distinguished orchestras and guest artists. Recent guest conducting appearances include the Sarasota Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil (Ecuador), Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska (Poland), San Antonio Symphony, Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Opera, and the Round Top International Festival Institute.
Stefan will return to the Naples Philharmonic this December and make his debut with the Stockton Symphony (CA) in October. In May of 2018, he lead the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba in a program of the legendary film music of John Williams. Stefan also served as cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic this season and was invited to work with high school orchestras in Ann Arbor, MI as a part of the New York Philharmonic’s 17/18 residency at the University of Michigan.
In 2016, Stefan was one of 5 featured conductors at the League of American Orchestras “Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.” The prestigious conductor showcase is designed to feature talented young conductors poised for music directorships with American Orchestras and was hosted by 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, Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff and Hugh Wolff. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.