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Festival Orchestra


Peter Bay became Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 1998. He is also Music Director of the Hot Springs Music Festival in


Arkansas, and Conductor of the Big Sky Festival Orchestra in Montana.


Maestro Bay has appeared with seventy different orchestras including the National, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, Syracuse, Tucson, Virginia, West Virginia, Colorado, Hawaii, Jacksonville, Richmond, Sarasota, Alabama, Arkansas, Canton, Eugene, Fort Worth, Springfield, Chattanooga, Bochum (Germany), Carinthian (Austria), Lithuanian National, and Ecuador National Symphonies, the Minnesota and Algarve (Portugal) Orchestras, the Louisiana, Buffalo, Rhode Island, Tulsa, Fort Wayne, Reno and Las Vegas Philharmonics, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Eastman (Argento’s Postcard from Morocco) and Aspen (Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe) Opera Theaters, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. Summer music festival appearances have included Aspen (CO), Music in the Mountains (CO), Grant Park and Ravinia (IL), Round Top (TX), OK Mozart (OK) and Skaneateles (NY).


Peter is the primary conductor for the ASO’s performances with Ballet Austin. He made his Austin Lyric Opera debut in January 2002 with André Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, conducted Verdi’s La Traviata in November 2002, Puccini’s Turandot in November 2003, and Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in April 2005.


Other positions held by Mr. Bay have included Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival (CO), Britt Festival Orchestra (OR), and four different conducting posts with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Richmond Symphony in Virginia. Bay and the Austin Symphony Orchestra have released a CD of Edward Burlingame Hill’s music on the Bridge label, and with the Richmond Symphony he recorded the US premiere performance of Britten’s The Sword in the Stone for Opus One Records. Voices, featuring the percussion ensemble NEXUS and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, is on the Nexus label.


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A native of Washington, DC, Mr. Bay is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Peabody Institute of Music. In 1994, he was one of two conductors selected to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program. He was also the first prize winner of the 1980 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Conductors Competition and a prize winner of the 1987 Leopold Stokowski Competition sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra in New York. In July 2012 he appeared in Solo Symphony, a choreographic work created for him by Allison Orr of Forklift Danceworks. He is the conductor of Hanan Townshend’s score to the motion picture The Vessel released in 2015.


Peter is married to soprano Mela Sarajane Dailey and they have a son, Colin.


Sinfonia Orchestra


David A. Pope is Director of Orchestras at Elyria High School and Northwood Middle School near Cleveland, Ohio. In addition, he serves as the conductor of the


Camerata Orchestra at Case Western Reserve University. Previously, Dr. Pope directed orchestras at Manatee High School (FL) and in the Maryville City Schools (TN). He also served as the Associate Conductor of the Sarasota Youth Orchestras, the Executive Director of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestras, an instructor for the VanderCook College of Music, and on the orchestral librarian staffs at the Aspen Summer Music Festival and Spoleto Music Festival USA.


Dr. Pope received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, master’s degree from the University of South Carolina, and Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University. Currently, Dr. Pope serves as a senior conductor and co-director of Florida State University’s Summer String Orchestra Camp. As an active adjudicator and clinician, he has conducted numerous all-state orchestras, regional honor orchestras, and served as a guest clinician for various orchestra programs throughout the United States.


Dr. Pope has presented string pedagogy clinics and his research at state, regional, and national conferences. His research has also been published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, String Research Journal, Bulletin


of the Council for Research in Music Education, Missouri Journal of Research in Music Education, and Florida Music Director. Dr. Pope has served on the Florida Orchestra Association’s Executive Board and been a leader in the American String Teachers Association by serving as the President of the Florida State University ASTA chapter and on the Tennessee Board of Directors. Dr. Pope received the Distinguished Music Educator Award (2015) from the Yale Symposium for Music in Schools and was the recipient of the Outstanding Young Music Educator Award (2009) for the state of Tennessee.


Consort String Orchestra


Kirsten Marshall, Director of the Orchestral Program and violin instructor, is on the faculty of Ithaca (NY) Talent Education (ITE), as well as part


time lecturer in violin performance at Ithaca College. Ms. Marshall received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) with majors in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy. Ms. Marshall also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Case Western Reserve University, with an emphasis in strings.


David Einfeldt (Hartt School of Music, Connecticut), Carl Topilow and Louis Lane (CIM). She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Music Honor Society.


Ms. Marshall conducted the 2014, 2012 and 1998 Suzuki Youth Orchestra of the Americas at the biennial Suzuki Association conference in Chicago, Illinois, as well as conducting the faculty orchestras for the piano soloist in both the 2008 and 2010 national conferences. An avid supporter of contemporary music, Ms. Marshall conducted and produced two premiere string orchestra pieces on a CD released by ITE (Bach to the Future). She is an active performer in the Ithaca area and is a member (David and Lesli Sagan chair) of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Ithaca’s professional ensemble.


In 2003, she co-


commissioned and premiered a new sonata for violin and piano by Robert Paterson. Additionally, she composes for string orchestras. Ms. Marshall is frequently sought after as a clinician specializing in youth orchestras across the United States and Canada. Her high-energy style blends humor and passion, engaging both players and audience in riveting performances.


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Her conducting studies were with


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