Kenneth G. Kelley
Seasons: 1-6 (1935-1940)
Kenneth G. Kelley organized the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra in 1934 and was its conductor for the first six seasons. Mr. Kelley was then supervisor of music in the Schenectady Public Schools. When he left for Boston University in 1940 he had established a firm foundation upon which the future of the Symphony could be built with confidence and success.
Seasons: 7-29 (1940-1963)
The Schenectady Symphony flowered under the leadership of Anthony Stefan for 22 seasons from 1940 to 1963. Mr. Stefan was a charter member of the Symphony and was its concertmaster for the first six seasons. Mr. Stefan was a teacher of music in the Schenectady school system.
Seasons: 30-48 (1964-1982)
For 18 seasons Anthony Pezzano conducted the Schenectady Sympphony, developing its capability and extending its repertoire to include the symphonies of Brahms and demanding contemporary works. A native of Schenectady, Mr. Pezzano attended local schools and earned a B.A. degree in Music from Ithaca College. Until his retirement in 1983 he taught music in the Schenectady Public Schools.
Seasons: 49-85 (1983-2018)
Charles Schneider recently retired at his 35th season with the Schenectady Symphony. A native of Albert Lea, Minnesota, his extensive credits include conducting the National Orchestra of Monaco, Bernstein’s “Westside Story” at Lincoln Center, and the National Orchestra of Bulgaria. In addition to the Schenectady Symphony, he was was also the Music Director of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra.