Stefan Sanders joined the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at the start of the 2014/2015 season as its Associate Conductor. After two years, Mr. Sanders was promoted to Resident Conductor and enjoys leading several performances each season on the Classics, Pops, Rock, Know the Score, Education, and Family series, as well as the BPO’s summer season. Mr. Sanders will begin his tenure as the newly appointed Music Director of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina this year. The 2017/2018 season also marks his fifth as Music Director for the Round Rock Symphony in Central Texas. In June of 2018 Sanders will also serve as the Music Advisor and Principal Conductor for the Hot Springs Music Festival in Hot Springs, AR.
Sanders has collaborated with an array of distinguished orchestras and guest artists. Recent guest conducting appearances have included the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), Round Top International Festival Institute, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Opera, and Corpus Christi Opera. Internationally he has led performances with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil (Ecuador), Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska (Poland) and will make his debut with the Cuban Nacional Orchestra in Havana this year. Sanders will also make his debut with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra this September as a finalist for their Music Director position. Sanders was recently featured at the League of American Orchestras prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, a conductor showcase which gave him the opportunity to lead the Nashville Symphony Orchestra before some of the leading lights of the classical music world.
Prior to a career as a conductor, Mr. Sanders 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, Seattle Opera’s 2001 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle and the Florida Orchestra. Mr. Sanders was also invited by Sir Elton John to play in the orchestra for his Radio City Music Hall concerts in 2004 recorded for the Bravo Television Network.
Beginning formal conducting studies at the University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Sanders continued his studies as a fellow at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen under the tutelage of maestros Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff and Hugh Wolff. Mr. Sanders earned a Doctor of Musical Arts and Masters degree from the of the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor’s degree from The Juilliard School.