Stefan Sanders Resident Conductor

Stefan Sanders is as an imaginative musician, devoted educator and ardent champion of many types of music. Mr. Sanders comes from a background as both an orchestral musician and conductor of professional orchestras, collegiate orchestras, and youth orchestras. Currently, Mr. Sanders is the Resident Conductor with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, where he leads performances on the Classics and Pops series, as well as Education and Family concerts. Mr. Sanders also serves as the Music Director for the Round Rock Symphony (TX) where he is attracting much praise for innovative programming and collaborations with local arts organizations while attracting broader audiences and redefining the orchestra’s role in its community.  Mr. Sanders is also the newly appointed music director for the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Sanders has collaborated with an array of distinguished orchestras and guest artists, from violin virtuoso Gil Shaham, to Seinfeld's Jason Alexander. Guest conducting appearances, often with repeat engagements, have included the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), Austin Lyric Opera, Corpus Christi Opera, Round Top International Festival Institute, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil (Ecuador). Mr. Sanders made his European debut in 2016 with the Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska in Olsztyn, Poland. He was selected for the prestigious Bruno Walter Conductor Preview, 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.  He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the Juilliard School.