Nancy Strelau, 2019 Guest Conductor
Nancy Strelau is music director and conductor of the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra, Nazareth College Chamber Orchestra, Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, Hochstein Virtuosi Scholarship Chamber Orchestra, and Greater Rochester Women’s Philharmonic. In addition, she is coordinator of the String Area and auditions coordinator of the Nazareth College Department of Music and teaches applied conducting, composition, and string pedagogy. Strelau also serves as president-elect of the New York chapter of American String Teachers Association.
Before coming to Rochester in 1986, Strelau was a violinist with the Florida Philharmonic and assistant conductor of the Miami Youth Orchestra. She was director of orchestras and string coordinator for the Penfield Central School District (1986-2000), conductor of the Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra (1994-2005), and co-conductor of the Brighton Symphony Orchestra (1990-1994). She is a frequent guest conductor of high school orchestra festivals, all-county and all-state orchestras, as well as guest conductor at local and national music conferences. Strelau has received numerous awards including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians Award for Outstanding Music Educator in String Education, the Hochstein Music School Faculty Service Award, and the Richard Snook Memorial Award from the Monroe County School Music Association.