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Maestro Michael Neumann's Retirement After 40 Years

Listen to the iHeartMedia Interview: Maestro Michael Neumann is retiring as serving as Conductor the Sacramento Youth Symphony. Michael Neumann began his tenure with the Sacramento Youth Symphony in 1979, and has been the passion behind the music, overseeing the quality and growth for 39 years.

Michael Neumann
Michael Neumann
Maestro and Youth Symphony
Michael Neumann Interview

About Maestro Michael Neumann:

Michael Neumann began his tenure with the Sacramento Youth Symphony in 1979, and has been the passion behind the music, overseeing the quality and growth for 39 years. Through Neumann’s leadership, the SYS has expanded from one orchestra of approximately 55 members, to what it is today, multiple orchestras and several ensembles with 400 young people participating. Under his direction, the highly acclaimed Premier Orchestra has not only toured across the globe, including to China, Europe, Costa Rica, Finland, Russia, England, Scotland, Wales,-- playing concerts in some of the great cities throughout, but has also garnered accolades and top prizes along the way, including winning top prize in the Youth and Music Festival in Vienna. Neumann’s career had a fortuitous beginning, as his first violin teacher (in South Africa) was the great-greatgranddaughter of the composer Antonin Dvorak. After graduating from the prestigious Lowell High School in San Francisco, he won full scholarships to the University Of Cincinnati- College Conservatory Of Music, earning his Bachelor of Music in violin performance and a Master of Music in orchestral conducting. He has made appearances with numerous orchestras, including the Cheyenne Symphony, the Santa Rosa Symphony, the Fresno Philharmonic, the Napa Valley Symphony and the Camellia Orchestra. Neumann has also conducted and adjudicated many youth honor ensembles including conducting the California All-State Orchestra. Neumann was the founding Music Director of the now well established Folsom Symphony, a position he held and nurtured for 10 seasons, from 2004-2014. He is proud to now be Music Director Emeritus, and remains in close contact with Board members, musicians and audience members. Neumann, who takes his role in the lives of youth very seriously, expresses how honored he is to nurture the musical experiences of young musicians. He plays an important role in introducing his young musicians to the world of classical standard repertoire, the music of Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Michael Neumann’s contributions to music education are as numerous as his awards, which include a fellowship from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and recognition by the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. He was also named as Arts Educator of the Year (2009) by the Arts and Business Council of Sacramento. Most recently his dream of both ‘Symphony of 1000’ and ‘Symphony of 2000’ came to fruition at Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium

Symphony of 2000
Maestro Neumann
Maestro Neumann


CURRENT POSITIONS Artistic Director: Sacramento Youth Symphony & Academy of Music, 1979- present Music Director Emeritus: Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra 2014-present Private violin instruction: 1978-present Professional violinist: 1978-present

PAST PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Music Director and Conductor: Folsom Lake Symphony Orchestra, 2004-2014 Adjunct Music Faculty: Folsom Lake College, 2007-2010 Instructor: Waldorf School Senior Orchestra, 1997-2004 Conductor: Cosumnes River College orchestra: 1997-1999 Music Director/Conductor: Folsom Chamber Orchestra: 1997-1999 Associate Conductor: Sacramento Symphony Orchestra: 1978-1994 Violinist: Sacramento Symphony Orchestra: 1979-1995 Associate Music Director: Birmingham Symphony Orchestra: 1974-1978 Conductor: Birmingham Youth Symphony: 1974-1978

GUEST CONDUCTING High School Honors Orchestra CMEA Cap. Section 2016 Sacramento Philharmonic 2003-4 Fresno Philharmonic and Fresno Ballet, 2001,2002, 2003 Paradise Symphony Orchestra, 2001 CMEA All State Orchestra-California 2000 Stanislaus Co. Honor Orchestra, 1998 Cazadero Music Camp, 1998, 2001 CMEA Honor Orchestra, Fresno, 1997 Camellia Symphony Orchestra, 1996 (finalist, Music Director position) Summer Music at Stanislaus, 1995 California Orchestra Directors Association, 1994 Santa Rosa Symphony, 1992-3 Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra 1992-3 ( finalist, Music Director position) Napa Valley Symphony Orchestra 1994 Lake Sequoia Symphonic Music Camp 1986-1996 University of the Pacific Orchestra, 1992 Nevada All-State Honor Orchestra, 1980 Director, Senior Orchestra—CMEA Capitol Section Honors Orcherstra-20160 Neumann

ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Finalist, Music Director Search, Paradise Symphony Orchestra, 2001 Finalist, Music Director Search, Camellia Orchestra 1996-7 Clinician, Honor Orchestras in Fresno, Cal 1995 Adjudicator, String Festival, Reno 1994 Private Violin Instruction, 1974-present Violin Instructor, Alabama School of the Fine Arts1974-6 Violin Instructor, Lone Mountain College, San Francisco, 1976 Manager, Cincinnati Congress of Strings, 1974 Assistant to the General Manager, Cincinnati Summer Opera, 1973 Judge and Clinician for numerous festivals and Competitions, 1978-present

EDUCATION: Master of Music (MM), Orchestral Conducting, University of Cincinnati,1974 Bachelor of Music (BM), Violin Performance, University of Cincinnati, 1971 Achieved both degrees on full scholarship Academic Average: Dean’s list throughout college.

INTERNATIONAL TOURS: Conductor-Sacramento Youth Symphony tour to Costa Rica 2015 Conductor: Sacramento Youth Symphony tour to Finland, Estonia and Russia 2007 Conductor: Sacramento Youth Symphony tour to Brazil 2003 Conductor: Sacramento Youth Symphony tour and festival-Italy, Austria and Switzerland. 1999 Conductor: Sacramento Youth Symphony, International Youth and Music Festival, 1 st place winner (City of Vienna Grand Prize), Austria,1995 Conductor: Sacramento Youth Symphony, Mainland China and Hong Kong, 1987 Conductor: Sacramento Youth Symphony, International Youth and Music Festival, Silver Trophy Winner, Vienna Austria, 1984

NARRATIONS WITH THE SACRAMENTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Prokofieff, Peter and the Wolf Poulenc, Babar the Elephant Stravinsky, L’Histoire du Soldat

FUND RAISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS: Active in formulating, organizing and participating in a wide variety of fund raising activities for the Sacramento Symphony, the Sacramento Youth Symphony, and the Folsom Symphony.

GUEST SPEAKER: Rotary and Kiwanis clubs Guest appearances on numerous radio and television talk shows. Host of several radio shows on classical radio (Sacramento) Entrepreneurship Academy in Sacramento Master of Ceremony, Cappies Awards, Sacramento (PR Awards)

ORGANIZATIONS: American String Teachers Association American Symphony Orchestra League American Federation of Musicians Conductors Guild American Beethoven Society California Music Educators Association

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION: Special guest on CBS Early Show (2000) National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (1998) Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission Fellowship (1998)

OTHER: Volunteer-- serving lunch to the homeless at Loaves and Fishes (2015- present)

Michael Neumann

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