CONDUCTOR - CELLIST - TEACHER
Serving the Greater Harrisburg, York, Lancaster area & beyond
Based in Central Pennsylvania, Brian Buterbaugh is the two-time Grammy Music Educator of the Year nominated orchestra director at Hershey High School in the Derry Township School District, Hershey, PA. In this capacity, Brian directs award-winning high school orchestras, middle school orchestras and the all-student pit orchestra for the Hershey Drama Dept. musical productions. Brian is the Music Director & Conductor of the York Youth Symphony Orchestra, a position he assumed in 2019 following three years as assistant conductor, one year as interim conductor, and a competitive audition for the permanent position. He conducted the YYSO with the internationally recognized Black Violin in Fall 2017. Highlights of recent years include complete performances of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 using a split orchestra and strict COVID-19 social distancing protocol. Mr. Buterbaugh also teaches graduate-level low string pedagogy at Messiah College (Grantham, PA).
Previous posts include orchestra director at Cedar Cliff High School and choral/orchestra director at Spring Grove Area High School. With the WSSD, he was an 2018 ACCLAIM award recipient and received an Innovation Grant for his approach to building independent practicing habits. In 2020 and 2021, he was named a quarterfinalist for the 2021 Grammy Music Educator Award.
Besides his work with the YYSO and the DTSD, Brian is a frequent guest conductor and performer throughout the Capital Region and beyond. Recent guest conducting engagements include the Cecil County All-County Orchestra (MD), Keystone String Fest, Dauphin County Honors Orchestra Festival, PMEA District 10 6th Grade String Fest, Berks County Senior County Orchestra, Carroll County (MD) Middle School All-County Orchestra, Harford County (MD) High School All-County Orchestra and the Berks County 6th Grade String Fest. An avid fan of theatre in addition to classical music, he has previously held the music director post with the Acts of Kindness Theatre Company and has studied conducting and musical theatre score study with Broadway conductor Will Curry (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof).
Under Mr. Buterbaugh’s direction, students are regularly accepted into All-State, All-Eastern and All-National ensembles. He is fortunate to work in schools and communities that are regularly awarded as "Best Communities for Music Education". His schools have performed in venues in Chicago, Florida, and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and have hosted multiple CCMEA County Orchestra, PMEA District 7 Orchestra festivals and multiple masterclasses with faculty from prestigious US institutions.
Brian appears locally and regionally as a cellist, and maintains a private cello studio. His private students are members of PMEA festivals, the York and Harrisburg Youth Symphony Orchestras, and many other local and regional orchestras. Along with frequent freelance work, Brian has performed with the Cherrywood String Ensembles, Berks Opera Company, Central Pennsylvania Symphony, Genesius Theatre, Berks Sinfonietta, and many other local and regional organizations. Performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh.
Originally from Berks County, PA, Brian holds a BME from Penn State University, a Master's Degree in Orchestral Conducting from Messiah College, and a Master's in Music Education from the University of Nebraska. Additional course work includes courses at University of Nevada - Las Vegas, and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Brian lives in Elizabethtown with his wife, Julie, and their two boys, Evan and Liam.