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Meet the SSO's Musical Leadership

Dr. Jeffrey Schoyen, Conductor

Dr. Jeffrey SchoyenJeffrey Schoyen graduated with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music where he was a student of Lawrence Lesser. He completed a D.M.A. at Stony Brook as a student of Timothy Eddy. His awards 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 famed 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 20th 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 a 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, MI.

Dr. Sachiho (Sachi) Murasugi, Concertmaster

Dr. Sachiho MurasugiDr. 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 for the Nebraska Arts Councils Touring Artist Program as a member of the Sandhill Trio. She is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music and earned her D.M.A. 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 SU where she teaches upper strings and serves as SSO concertmaster. Additionally, she holds an M.B.A. from Tulane University where she was awarded the Freeman Fellowship.

Joshua Smith, Manager

Joshua Smith HeadshotJoshua has spent his life in the arts, growing up in a family of music educators. Joshua received his B.F.A. in Acting from West Virginia University in 2014 and since then has expanded his artistic service from performing to include coaching in acting, singing, and directing, as well as artistic advising for individuals, companies, and schools in several states. Joshua is so proud to be back in the city he was raised in, working to expand the education, awareness, and appreciation of music and the arts as a whole. He can’t wait to see the new heights that SSO can and will be brought to.