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Conductor Bios

2019-2020 FESTIVAL CONDUCTORS

LISFA NASSAU GRADES 11 & 12 CONDUCTOR - REYNARD BURNS

Reynard Burns is an educator, composer, conductor, musician, and clinician.

Mr. Burns has been a music educator since 1968. As orchestra director and teacher at Bay Shore schools his groups received numerous awards and accolades including performances for the National School Boards Conference. He is credited with starting and developing the first student jazz string ensemble on Long Island. Reynard was also the founder and director of an after school jazz and improvisation program for strings at Brentwood schools. He was also director of the Dowling College Orchestra.

After winning the nationally acclaimed Merle Isaac Composition Contest in 2001, Mr. Burns has gone on to become a national and internationally known composer. His compositions have been performed across the United States and abroad. He has received commissions from the Wisconsin Youth Orchestras, the New York Empire Youth Orchestra, and Lawrenceville Schools. Mr. Burns’ compositions are listed with JW Pepper and published by Tempo Press, Alfred Music, Wingert-Jones, and his own company, Reynard Burns Publishing Inc.

He has appeared as guest conductor on many occasions and continues to provide clinics and workshops for teachers and students at various national, state, and local conferences and schools.

As a bassist, he appears on the two CD’s recorded by his jazz string quintet called Rey Burns’ Crossroad. Classical works are included on the compilation CD’s “Slices” and “Dimensions” on the Novana Record Label. “The Voyage”, recorded by the Prague Radio Symphony, is the closing track of the CD “Moments of Arrival” on the Centaur Record Label. His music can be heard on Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify, and Pandora.


LISFA SUFFOLK GRADES 11 & 12 CONDUCTOR - ANNA EDWARDS

Anna Edwards has made a significant impact to the Seattle music scene as a performing artist, music instructor, and orchestra conductor. After performing as a professional violinist and music educator for over 25 years, Anna shifted her focus from instrumentalist to conductor. After training with Michael Jinbo at the renowned Pierre Monteux School for three seasons, she received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Washington. She currently balances her time between conducting in the Pacific Northwest, serving as a guest conductor/clinician across the country, and developing young musicians through instruction and collaborating with professionals in concert settings.   

Anna is the Music director of the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Saratoga Orchestra, Pacific Northwest Conducting Institute and in 2018-2019, interim Music Advisor and conductor of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. Anna is dedicated to nurturing young talent and creating musical diversity through innovative approaches to music education through creative programming and audience engagement in her role as Music Director in these ensembles.


LISFA GRADES 9 & 10 CONDUCTOR - JANE KIM

LISFA GRADES 7 & 8 CONDUCTOR - KEN JERNIGAN


LISFA GRADE 6 CONDUCTOR - HALEY RUDOLPH

Haley Rudolph is currently in high demand as a guest conductor in the Long Island, New York area. Haley was invited to serve as the guest conductor for Long Island String Festival Association 2020. Ms. Rudolph has taught at several music festivals, including Northport Summer Music, and made her Tilles Center debut with the LIU Festival Chamber Orchestra. She is the recipient of the National Graduate Conductor Scholarship sponsored by Sigma Alpha Iota, and winner of the Outstanding Conductor Award from LIU. Ms. Rudolph held the position of Music Director of Clarkson University Orchestra and has worked with several high-caliber ensembles including the Shenandoah Conservatory Orchestra, Stafford Symphony, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, The Orchestra Now, Bard Conservatory Orchestra, Queens College, New York Conducting Institute, and the Catholic University of America, among others. Haley has taught in several public schools throughout the East coast, including Stafford Schools (VA), Wantagh Schools (NY), Longwood Schools, and Germantown Schools. She holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Bard College and a B.M. from the Crane School of Music with a concentration on violin. Ms. Rudolph has also performed as a chamber musician in masterclasses for the Jerusalem String Quartet, the Alexander String Quartet, and members of the Emerson String Quartet. She is currently in Europe studying with Larry Rachleff. 


SUFFOLK LISFA GRADE 5 CONDUCTOR - IRIS BASTONE



NASSAU LISFA GRADE 5 CONDUCTOR - MICHAEL SUSINNO