University of Nebraska-Kearney, NE (2016-2019)

  • Masters of Music in Music Education

  • Cumulative GPA: 4.0/4.0


Messiah College, Grantham, PA (2011-2013)

  • Masters of Music in Conducting

  • Cumulative GPA: 4.0/4.0


The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (2006-2010)

  • Bachelors Degree in Music Education

  • Cumulative GPA: 3.99/4.0

  • Graduated with Highest Distinction


Governor Mifflin High School, Shillington, PA (2002-2006)



Orchestra Director, Derry Township School District; Hershey, PA (June 2019-current)

  • Responsible for performance and growth of Hershey High school orchestras; four concerts per year

  • Responsible for performance and growth of Hershey Middle School orchestras

Orchestra Director, West Shore School District; Camp Hill, PA (August 2015-June 2019)

  • Responsible for performance and growth of Cedar Cliff High School string and symphonic orchestras; four concerts per year

  • Responsible for performance and growth of Allen Middle School’s 6th and 7th/8th grade orchestras; three concerts per year

  • Responsible for leadership of extra-curricular Cedar Cliff String Chamber Ensemble, C3

  • Pit orchestra director for spring musical

  • Students qualify yearly for PMEA and NAfME honors ensembles

  • Responsible for organizing biyearly performance tours

  • School has earned "Best Communities for Music Education" status

  • Host site for Trills and Thrills adjudications through Hershey Park

  • Received ACCLAIM Award for outstanding teaching in 2017

  • Recipient of 2018 West Shore Foundation Innovation Grant

 Music Director/Conductor, York Youth Orchestra; York, PA (May 2019-current;  assistant conductor, 2015-May 2019)

  • Responsible for performance quality of 100+ member elite symphonic orchestra; three concerts per year

  •  Responsible for recruiting new members and retaining younger musicians 

  • Highlights include conducting internationally-recognized Black Violins in Fall 2017; Dvorak Symphony No. 9 in Fall 2018


Orchestra and Choir Director, Spring Grove Area High School; Spring Grove, PA (2010-2015)

  • Responsible for performance and growth of string/symphonic orchestra and small chamber string ensembles, two large mixed choirs and select mixed choir

  • Vocal and pit orchestra director for annual extra-curricular spring musical

  • Students performed in All-State, All-Eastern and All-National ensembles

  • Organized and conducted performance tours of Cleveland, Nashville, Williamsburg and Orlando

  • School earned “Best Communities for Music Education” status 2011-2015

Music Director, Acts of Kindness Theatre Company; Hanover, PA (2014-2017)

  • Responsible for vocal and pit orchestra instruction and director for annual summer theatre productions


Music Director and Conductor, Hanover Symphony Orchestra (2011-2015)

  • Responsible for selecting repertoire, rehearsing and conducting established community orchestra in 3-4 yearly concerts

  • Responsible for recruitment and retention of symphony members

  • Responsible for overall musical development and growth of symphony within community


Private string lessons; Mechanicsburg, PA (2006-current)

  • Private instruction of students in musical fundamentals, instrument technique, interpretation, intonation, rhythm and development of well-rounded musicianship

  • Instruction of all beginning string instruments and advanced cello


Conducting Experiences

  • Keystone String Fest (State College, PA); conductor (January 2019)

  • DCMEA (Dauphin County, PA) Junior County Orchestra; conductor (January 2018)

  • MEBC (Berks County, PA) Senior County Orchestra; conductor (January 2017)

  • PMEA District 10 Sixth Grade String Festival; conductor (January 2017)

  • Carroll County, MD Middle School All-County Orchestra; conductor (February 2016)

  • Harford County, MD All-County Orchestra; conductor (January 2015)

  • Berks County, PA 6th Grade String Fest; conductor (Spring 2014)

  • York Youth Symphony Orchestra; full concert as interim conductor (Fall 2018)

  • Theatre productions (various locations); vocal and/or orchestra director

  • “Willy Wonka” (Spring 2014)

  • “Tarzan” (Summer 2014)

  • “Guys and Dolls” (Spring 2015)

  • “Mary Poppins” (Summer 2015)

  • “The Little Mermaid” (Summer 2016)

  • "Beauty and the Beast" (Summer 2017)

  • "The Drowsy Chaperone" (Spring 2018)

  • "The Addams Family" (Spring 2019 and Spring 2020)


Cello Performance Experiences

  • Cherrywood String Ensembles (2013-present)

  • Berks Sinfonietta (2016-present)

  • Berks Opera Company (2014-2016)

  • Central Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra; hired professional cellist (2009-current)

  • Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra; cello assistant principal in 2009

  • Heinz Hall; Pittsburgh, PA (Spring 2007)

  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; Philadelphia, PA (Spring 2009)

  • Carnegie Hall; New York, NY (Spring 2010)

  • Various freelance performances, pit orchestras, quartets, churches, etc.; cellist (2006-current)

Conducting Black Violin and the York Youth Symphony Orchestra

© 2019 by Brian W. Buterbaugh.

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