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Michael Neumann Artistic Director & Conductor Premier Orchestra

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 over 37 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.

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-great-granddaughter 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.

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