Director of Orchestra Studies
Howard Hsu is the Music Director of the Valdosta (GA) Symphony Orchestra, and serves as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra Studies at Valdosta State University. Under his leadership, the Valdosta Symphony was selected as the 2014 winner of the American Prize in Orchestral Performance (community division). He has performed with world-renowned artists such as Robert McDuffie, Wendy Warner, Rachel Barton Pine, Alexander Ghindin, Alexander Schimpf, and the Empire Brass, and has introduced live classical music to thousands of children in the Southern Georgia region. He conducted the U.S. premiere of Ned McGowan’s Concerto for iPad and Orchestra (Rotterdam Concerto 2
), and has given the Georgia premieres of Fernande Decruck’s Sonata for Saxophone and Orchestra, several of the Debussy/Matthews Preludes
, and Jonathan Bailey Holland’s Motor City Dance Mix
. 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. He 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. Hsu has worked closely with groups dedicated to training young musicians, including the Lake George (NY) Opera Festival. Hsu has conducted the Georgia Music Educators Association All State 9/10 Orchestra and District 12 High School Honor Symphony Orchestra, Fulton County High School Honor Orchestra, Massachusetts Music Educators Association Central District Senior High School Festival Orchestra, and Governor’s Honors Program Orchestra (GA). 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.