ANNANDALE, VA - The Board of Directors of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO) announces the appointment of Glenn Quader to succeed Maestro Carl J. Bianchi as conductor of the American Youth Symphonic Orchestra. AYSO is one of the two top orchestras in the roster of five orchestras and six ensembles in the AYPO program. Maestro Bianchi retired following the 2016-17 season after 26 years with AYSO. A year-long search process has been undertaken and Mr. Quader has emerged as the selected conductor starting the 54th season of the organization.
Mr. Quader studied at the Peabody Institute of the John Hopkins University and the universities of Indiana, Illinois, Miami and Florida International, and holds a conducting diploma, awarded by Sicily’s Catania International Conducting Institute. His principal conducting teachers have included the late Gustav Meier, Ovidiu Balan, Robert Gutter, and James Brooks-Bruzzese, while intensive workshops were undertaken with Marin Alsop, Jorma Panula, James Litton, Larry Rachleff and David Loebel.
A native of Washington, DC, Glenn Quader is continually gaining national recognition as a dynamic and versatile conductor. Equally adept in the classical, jazz and popular idioms, he appears extensively as a conductor, performer and session musician in the United States and Europe, placing him in consistently high demand both on concert stages and in recording studios.
Mr. Quader’s most recent professional appointment includes Music Director of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra. Since he was appointed Music Director of the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra in 2005, the orchestra has increased its paid core membership, added an additional summer residency at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival and enjoyed a three-fold rise in season subscriptions. Mr. Quader also serves as Conductor of the American Studio Orchestra, which has enjoyed residencies at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art and ARTSCAPE.