Conductor & Concertmaster
Meet the SSO's Musical Leadership
Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen
Jeffrey Schoyen graduated with distinction from the New England
Conservatory of Music where he was a student of Lawrence Lesser.
He completed a DMA at Stony Brook as a student of Timothy Eddy.
Awards he has received include a National Endowment for the Arts
Chamber Music Rural Residency Grant, Tanglewood Festival’s
Gustav Golden Award, and a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant to study
with the great cellist William Pleeth in London. Dr. Schoyen has
extensive orchestral experience and has been a member of the
Opera Orchestra of New York, Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra,
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and Principal Cellist of the
Filarmonica del Bajio in Mexico.
An active chamber musician and recitalist, Dr. Schoyen has
given concerts throughout the United States, Germany, Mexico and
Spain. His most recent recital tour included the cities of
Cuenca and Guayaquil in Ecuador. Dr. Schoyen has taught at the
University of Nebraska at Kearney and at the University of
Dayton. He has presented conference lectures on topics ranging
from Performance Practice to Kinesiology in String Playing.
His interest in conducting began at Tanglewood, where he was
awarded cello fellowships playing under the guidance of
conductors such as Bernstein, Ozawa, and Masur. Since then he
has attended conducting workshops in Madison, Chicago, and
Toronto. Having been the conductor of the Slidell Community
Orchestra and the Kearney Area Symphony Orchestra, he is
presently serving his ninth year as the Music Director of the
Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with artists
such as Anton Miller, Charlotte Paulsen, Gary Louie, Dan Kamin,
The Capitol Quartet, and Dominic Armstrong. He is an Associate
Professor at Salisbury University where he teaches cello and
bass, and various other courses. During the summer he serves on
the faculty of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Twin Lake, Michigan.
Dr. Sachiho (Sachi) Murasugi
Sachiho Murasugi, violin, has performed extensively as a professional orchestral
and chamber musician. She has been concertmaster of the Sorg Opera Orchestra in
Ohio and Filarmonica del Bajio in Mexico, and a member of the West Virginia
Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Springfield Symphony. As a chamber
musician she has performed throughout the United States, Mexico and Spain,
received a National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residency Grant and was
selected to the Nebraska Arts Council’s Touring Artist Program as a member of
the Sandhill Trio. She is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and earned her
DMA from the Ohio State University. Her teachers have included Raphael
Bronstein, Daniel Philips and Kia-Hui Tan. Currently she is on the music faculty
at Salisbury University where she teaches upper strings and serves as
concertmaster of the Salisbury Symphony. Additionally she holds an MBA from
Tulane University where she was awarded the Freeman Fellowship.