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Anna Wittstruck

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Anna Wittstruck

Ph.D., Stanford University
B.A., Princeton University
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Dissertation Title: 
Neoclassical Gestures: Music-Dance Collaborations between the Two World Wars


Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestra, University of Puget Sound.

Former Interim Music Director and Conductor, Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Stanford Philharmonia. Has conducted concerts across the United States, in Europe and in Asia, including with the Harbin Symphony in China. Conducted historic first ever symphony orchestra concert on Catalina Island.

Former Assistant Conductor of Orchestral Studies at Stanford University and former Assistant Conductor of the Princeton University Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Princeton Sinfonia. Conducted the Summer Stanford Symphony Orchestra for six consecutive seasons and directed the Stanford Wind Ensemble. Helped found and direct the Stanford Youth Orchestra, serving as Assistant Conductor and Academic Coordinator.

Nationally and internationally recognized adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor, appearing as judge for San Francisco and El Camino Youth Symphony Concerto Competitions, clinician for WorldStrides Heritage Festival, and served on jury of the 2014 Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition.

Special fields: 20th-century ballet, neoclassicism, orchestral music, chamber music.

Studies at the Pierre Monteux School of Conducting with Michael Jinbo. Other conducting teachers include Michael Pratt, Ruth Ochs, Stephen Sano, and Jindong Cai.  

Cello performance: 2011 Youtube Symphony Orchestra participant under Michael Tilson Thomas; Beijing Modern Music Festival; youngest contracted member of Asheville Symphony Orchestra; participation at Tanglewood Music Festival, Round Top International Music Festival, and the National Symphony/Kennedy Center Institute; soloist with Charlotte and Hendersonville Symphonies and on Public Radio International show "From the Top."

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