Serving the Greater Harrisburg, York, Lancaster area & beyond 

Based in Central Pennsylvania, Brian Buterbaugh is the orchestra director at Hershey High School and Hershey Middle School in the Derry Township School District, Hershey, PA. In this capacity, Brian directs award-winning high school orchestras, three middle school orchestras and the student pit orchestra for the annual school musical production. Previously, from 2015-2019, Brian was orchestra director at Cedar Cliff High School and Allen Middle School in the West Shore School District in Cumberland County, PA. 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, he was named a quarterfinalist for the 2021 Grammy Music Educator Award.


Brian is the Music Director & Conductor of the York Youth Symphony Orchestra, a position he assumed in May 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 known Black Violins in Fall 2017. Highlights of recent years include complete performances of Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. Besides his work with the YYSO, Brian is a frequent guest conductor and performer throughout the Capital Region and beyond.  Recent guest conducting engagements include the 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 posts with the Acts of Kindness Theatre Company, along with the Hanover Symphony Orchestra.

Under Mr. Buterbaugh’s direction, students have been accepted into All-State, All-Eastern and All-National ensembles. In his time at Cedar Cliff, the department became a "Best Communities for Music Education", performed in Chicago and Florida, hosted multiple CCMEA County Orchestra, PMEA District 7 Orchestra and multiple masterclasses with faculty from NYU, Messiah College, Susquehanna University, Lebanon Valley College and members of the Harrisburg Symphony. 


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.  Brian lives in Elizabethtown with his wife, Julie, and their two boys, Evan and Liam.

© 2019 by Brian W. Buterbaugh.

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