Stefan Sanders is the newly appointed music director of the Amherst Symphony Orchestra, the third music director in the ASO’s incredible seventy year legacy. Mr. Sanders holds the Montante Family Endowed Associate Conductor Chair with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Sanders also serves as the music director for the Greater Buffalo Youth Orchestra and music director of the Round Rock Symphony in Central Texas.
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 have included the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guayaquil (Ecuador), Filharmonia Warminsko-Mazurska (Poland), San Antonio Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria (Syracuse, NY), Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Corpus Christi Opera, and the Round Top International Festival Institute. Recently, Mr. Sanders was selected to participate in the League of American Orchestra’s “Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.” This conductor showcase is designed to feature talented conductors poised for music directorships with major American Orchestras. The preview was hosted by the Nashville Symphony in May of 2016.
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, the Florida Orchestra, and the Seattle Opera’s 2001 production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle. 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.
Mr. Sanders was 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.