New conductor named for Everett Youth Symphony

  • By Theresa Goffredo Herald Writer
  • Monday, May 30, 2011 12:01am
  • Life

Conductor Wesley Schulz has been described by musicians as having “intensity and emotion” when he performs and is “approachable and inspiring” when he leads an orchestra.

It was this passion for music that made Schulz rise above three other finalists as the overwhelming favorite in the competition to take over as artistic director and conductor of the Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras, said board president Ashley McConnaughey.

Schulz, of Austin, Texas, says he appreciates the importance of his role as a leader of a youth orchestra in a place where many school districts no longer offer an orchestra program.

“Everett Youth Symphony fills that need,” Schulz said in a phone interview last week. “So I’m really excited to be part of the organization that is finding and helping young people find their voice through music.”

The Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras celebrated their 45th season last year. The organization is comprised of four skill-graded orchestras totaling about 165 musicians from ages 7 to 21, who represent more than three dozen Snohomish, King and Island county schools.

Schulz, 28, said he’s excited to be working with young musicians at all ability levels. Schulz takes over from artistic director Tam Osborne.

“From this top position I can offer new ideas and there are new things we can create,” Schulz said. “I’ll use my power of imagination to see what yet we can do.”

In addition to leading Everett’s youth symphony, Schulz will be music director and conductor for the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra.

His resume includes appearances as guest conductor with the Oregon East Symphony, Powder River Symphony, San Francisco All-City Honors String Orchestra and Austin Chamber Music Center.

Schulz graduated magna cum laude with bachelor degrees in percussion performance and music education from Ball State University, and has a doctorate and masters degrees in orchestral conducting from the University of Texas at Austin. In his spare time, Schulz is a marathon runner, according to his bio.

For more information on Schulz go to www.wesleyschulz.com.

Theresa Goffredo: 425-339-3424; goffredo@heraldnet.com.

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