Stefan Sanders is as an imaginative musician, devoted educator and ardent champion of many types of music. Sanders holds the Montante Family Endowed Associate Conductor Chair with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, where he leads performances on the Classical, Know the Score, and Pops series, as well as Education and Family concerts. 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 music director for the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra.
Sanders has collaborated with an array of distinguished guest artists and orchestras. Recent guest conducting engagements have included, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil, Ecuador, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria, Naples Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Corpus Christi Opera, Round Top International Festival Institute. This season Sanders will make his European debut, with the Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska in Olsztyn, Poland. Mr. Sanders has also been selected to participate in the League of American Orchestras “Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview” with the
Nashville Symphony. This Preview is a prestigious showcase of talented conductors poised for music directorships of American orchestras.
Prior to a career as a conductor, 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. Sanders was a member of the Buffalo Philharmonic’s trombone section for seven seasons and has performed as a trombonist 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. 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, 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 Juilliard School, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Interlochen Arts Academy.