Dr. Brian Stone
“Stone is a passionate conductor.
He eschews the baton, preferring to use his hands and, indeed, his whole body,
to direct the players. He often appeared to be dancing ecstatically to the
music, even as he was utterly focused on the players. They responded
magnificently, giving this big, warm symphony (Dvorak #6) the treatment it
deserves.” Chico, (CA) News and Review
“Conductor Brian Stone had
everyone’s attention;” Boston Globe
“The hero was conductor Brian
Stone …(who) galvanized the Boston Conservatory Orchestra and made musical
sense of every bar.” Boston Phoenix
Prize-winning conductor and award-winning teacher Brian Stone has worked both
in the opera pit and on the concert stage with professional orchestras in
California, Missouri, Indiana, Utah, Maryland, Florida, Alaska, Washington,
Connecticut, Romania, Germany, Hungary and Bulgaria, and students at The
University of Maryland, The Johns Hopkins University, Ohio University, Boston
Conservatory, University of Mobile, San Diego State University, Stanford
University, the National Conservatory of Colombia, The Claremont Colleges (CA),
The Catholic University of America, and the All-State Honor Orchestras of
Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Southern California, to both public and
In the 1999, Brian was one of six conductors chosen to participate in the
National Conductor Preview with the Utah Symphony. In 2008 he received the
prestigious Jessie B. DuPont Award in Music Education in recognition of his
work and in 2009 he was awarded the “First Honours Diploma” in the 29th
MasterPlayers Music Competition.
In a decade as director of the University of Delaware Orchestras, Stone
developed a three-ensemble area of orchestral activities that doubled the
enrollment, tripled the number of performances, and quadrupled the audience.
His sophisticated programs, ranging from Baroque to Contemporary, and the
Classics to Jazz, Broadway and Hollywood received national recognition. In 2009
the UD Symphony was invited for the first time in their history to perform at
the Music Educator’s National Conference convention.
Brian began his musical career playing the saxophone in the public
schools of Santa Monica, California. Already an exceptional player as a youth,
he went on to win several competitions. Later, he took up viola and piano, and
started composing as well. Stone is a graduate of Bennington College in
Vermont, where he studied composition, viola and literature.
Dr. Stone received a Master of Music
degree and a Doctorate in conducting from the Peabody Conservatory where he
studied with Frederik Prausnitz and Gustav Meier. Additional studies in
conducting took place at Le Domaine Forget in Canada with Otto-Werner Mueller
and two summers at the Festival at Sandpoint with Gunther Schuller. He also
studied with Harvey Pittel on saxophone, Jacob Glick on viola, Bill Dixon in
improvisation, and Allen Shawn and Henry Brant in composition.