All-State Orchestra – Friday, February 3, 2017
1:00 p.m. – Grand Ballroom, Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
William W. Wiedrich, Guest Conductor
William W. Wiedrich is in constant demand as a guest conductor and clinician nationally and abroad. He is currently Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of South Florida, Tampa, where he conducts the USF Symphony Orchestra and maintains a large conducting studio. Wiedrich is also Music Director of the Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra. His youth orchestras have appeared twice in Carnegie Hall and have maintained an active commissioning program of music for young orchestras. He frequently serves as an All-State Orchestra conductor, most recently in Ohio, Michigan, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina. He has also conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Summer Music Festival.
Wiedrich has often been invited by the Jinsha Summer Music Festival, in association with China’s Sichuan Conservatory of Music, to serve as guest conductor and primary conducting instructor to both Chinese and American conservatory students. In addition, he has appeared as a guest conductor at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Upper Michigan’s Camp Batawagama, the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont, and has conducted at the Honors Orchestra Festival at the American School in Singapore.
He has appeared on numerous compact disc recordings as conductor and producer, most recently on the Centaur, Albany, Blue Griffin, Capstone, and Koch labels.
Wiedrich currently serves as Artistic Director of the Music, Etc. Chamber Arts Collective, a professional chamber ensemble dedicated to advancing new music into the permanent repertory. Wiedrich has worked closely with composers such as Louis Andriessen, Augusta Read Thomas, David Del Tredici, Karel Husa, Evan Chambers, Baljinder Singh Sekhon II, and Robert Maggio. His ensembles have premiered over 28 works at the University of South Florida and with the youth orchestra program.
Wiedrich previously served as faculty at Michigan State University, East Carolina University, and as visiting faculty at the University of Michigan, where he later earned his Doctorate. His primary teachers include Gustav Meier, H. Robert Reynolds, Larry Rachleff, and also Gunther Schuller at the Festival at Sandpoint. Wiedrich also attended the conducting seminar at Tanglewood.