Jeffrey Schoyen graduated with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music where he was a student of Lawrence Lesser. He completed an MFA at Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Anne Williams, and 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 Festivals Gustav Golden Award, and a Frank Huntington Beebe Grant to study with William Pleeth in London. He has studied Baroque Cello with Myron Lutske, Phoebe Carrai, and Anthony Pleeth. 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, he has given concerts throughout the United States, Germany, Mexico and Spain. His most recent recital tour included the Mexican cities of Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Morelia. 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 the conductor of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with soloists such as Anton Miller, John Wesley Wright, Allen Nisbet, Sachiho Murasugi and Ernest Barretta. He is an Assistant 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.