Howard Hsu

Howard Hsu Director of Orchestra Studies

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Howard Hsu is the Music Director of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra and serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra Studies at Valdosta State University. Mr. Hsu has performed with world-renowned artists such as violinists Robert McDuffie and Amy Schwartz Moretti, cellist Wendy Warner, pianists Alexander Ghindin and Alexander Schimpf, and the Empire Brass.  In September 2013, he will conduct the U.S. premiere of Ned McGowan’s Concerto for iPad and Orchestra (Rotterdam Concerto 2), and has given the Georgia premieres of several Debussy/Matthews Preludes, Fernande Decruck’s Sonata for Saxophone and Orchestra, and Jonathan Bailey Holland’s Motor City Dance Mix. Through the Symphony’s Youth Concert Series, he has introduced live classical music to thousands of children in the area.

Mr. Hsu has appeared as a guest conductor with the Hartford (CT) Symphony Orchestra, Macon (GA) Symphony, New Britain (CT) Symphony, and Bronx (NY) Arts Ensemble, with whom he conducted the world premiere of Eleanor Cory’s O’Keeffe’s Flora. Mr. Hsu was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Connecticut and Associate Conductor of the University of Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, and was Visiting Instructor of Music and Director of the Orchestra at Connecticut College. Other positions held include Cover Conductor with the Westchester (NY) Philharmonic, and Music Director of the Noe Chamber Symphony (CA).

Mr. Hsu has worked closely with groups dedicated to training young musicians, including the Lake George (NY) Opera Festival, where he served as Associate Conductor and Music Director of the Apprentice opera scenes concerts. Mr. Hsu will conduct the 2014 Georgia Music Educators Association All State 9/10 Orchestra and the 2013 Fulton County High School Honor Orchestra, and has conducted the GMEA District 12 High School Honor Symphony Orchestra, Massachusetts Music Educators Association Central District Senior High School Festival Orchestra, Governor’s Honors Program Orchestra (GA), Greater Waterbury (CT) Youth Symphony, and Greater Bridgeport (CT) Youth Orchestras. Through the Hartford Symphony’s Mentoring Program he served as a Master Teaching Artist, and was a faculty member with The Harlem (NY) School of the Arts. Mr. Hsu received his D.M.A. from the University of Connecticut, his M.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and his B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.