As the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony prepares for its 2020-2021 season, the organization welcomes a new Director for its Concert Orchestra ensemble.
Molly Lieberman, a member of the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, has been named the next SAYS Concert Orchestra Director. A seasoned conductor and performer, Lieberman will lead the organization’s most advanced ensemble.
Lieberman comes to Sheboygan from the Milwaukee area where she has held numerous teaching positions. She is currently the orchestra director for Gateway Organization Milwaukee, a local non-profit which provides in-school music lessons to students who might otherwise not have access to such programs. She also maintains an active and competitive private violin and viola studio. She has previously worked for Pius XI Catholic High School and the Pius XI Performing Arts Academy, Milwaukee Montessori School, the Academy of Performing Arts, Brass Bell Music Store, and the Greater Milwaukee El Sistema Orchestra at Carroll University.
“We are excited to work with Molly to continue our tradition of educational excellence through the SAYS program” said SSO Executive Director Josh Hernday. “Music education is a vital component of any well-rounded community, and a necessity for every student. We strive to engage our students and community through extraordinary musical experiences, and we are looking forward to having Molly continue that tradition.”
Molly has played viola in the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra since 2013 and has sat co-principal since 2017. She also plays viola in the Sheboygan Symphony String Quartet, and formerly sang with the Lakeshore Chorale. She also plays viola in the Tontine Ensemble, a string quartet founded in 2014 with the mission to perform improvisational and contemporary chamber works and champion new music by composers in the community.
Molly Lieberman was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she studied viola with Carol Kutsch and played in the Peninsula Youth Orchestra under the baton of Mitchell Sardou Klein. She attended Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois, graduating in May of 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance. She then attended the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, graduating in May of 2012 with Master of Music degrees in Instrumental Conducting and String Pedagogy. She has studied conducting with Professors Steven Eggleston, Margery Deutsch, and Sharon Hansen, String Pedagogy with Professors Darcy Drexler and Scott Cook, and viola with Professors Vadim Mazo and Lewis Rosove. While at UW-Milwaukee Molly held a Graduate Project Assistantship as Graduate Conductor and Orchestra Manager, working with both the Symphony and Community Orchestras.
The SSO, which celebrated its 101st season during 2019-20, is the longest continually operating orchestra in the state of Wisconsin. For more information about the orchestra and its 2020-2021 concert season, visit sheboygansymphony.org