Dexter Community Orchestra Names New Music Director

The Dexter Community Orchestra has named Dr. David Schultz as its music director for the 2019-20 season, following a year-long search. 

Dr. Schultz is widely known in Michigan as a conductor, composer and violist. He is currently music director of the Livingston Symphony Orchestra, the Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Ann Arbor Comic Opera Guild, and plays viola in the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. He is a Dexter resident, and looks forward to raising the orchestra’s profile to the community where he lives.

Over the past nine months, the orchestra has auditioned three guest conductors to fill the music director position formerly held by Anthony Elliott. Dr. Schultz conducted the winter concert – and was plagued by a string of weather-related setbacks. Three rehearsals had to be cancelled or rescheduled due to the unusually bad weather last February. Then, on the day of the concert, with the orchestra on stage ready to perform, Dexter High School suffered a power outage, causing the concert to be cancelled. Fortunately, it was possible to reschedule the concert for the following week, and Dr. Schultz finally had his chance to show the Dexter community what he and the orchestra could do. Orchestra members were very favorably impressed, not only by Dr. Schultz’s conducting ability, but by the cheerful and professional way in which he handled adversity.

Dexter residents who missed that concert will have a chance to hear Dr. Schultz and the DCO on Friday, June 14 at the always-popular “Gazebo Concert” in Monument Park at 7 p.m. The orchestra will celebrate Flag Day with a number of patriotic pieces (including the annual salute to area veterans), plus a number of other popular favorites.

Dr. Schultz is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Orchestral Conducting, as well as a Master’s Degree in Viola Performance. He earned his undergraduate degree in Viola Performance at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.

The Dexter Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a community “meet-and-greet” for Dr. Schultz and the orchestra at LaFontaine Chevrolet on the evening of September 14  (details will be provided nearer the date of the event). All are invited to come and welcome the new music director.

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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