Music Directors

Kenneth G. Kelley
Seasons: 1-6 (1935-1940)

Kenneth G. Kelley

Kenneth G. Kelley

 

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.

Anthony Stefan
Seasons: 7-29 (1940-1963)

The Schenectady Symphony flowered under the capable 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.

Anthony Stefan

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.

Anthony Pezzano
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.

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.

Anthony Pezzano

Charles Schneider
Seasons: 49-Present (1983-2014)

Charles Schneider begins his 20th 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 is also the Music Director of the Utica and Catskill Symphony Orchestras.

Charles Schneider

Charles Schneider continues in his 30th 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 is also the Music Director of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra.

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  1. Good Day:…I am researching my ancestry and I would like to know this:….my mother Olga Franceschini told me as a young girl that she played violin with the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra It would have been sometime before 1937, the year I was born.
    Would you be able to confirm this with year and position in the orchestra. My mother was accomplished and even played for her family up until she passed away in 1990. She was proud and loved the culture of the arts. I eventually took ballet and went to many events at Proctor’s when the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo came to perform. As a foot note, my grandmother encouraged arts to her grandchildren and it was a “given” we listen to the opera with her on Saturday afternoons on the radio…
    I would hope you can help me with my request and have former members of the orchestra kept in the Archives of History for the city of Schenectady.
    Thank you respectfully, for your attention.

    Judith Ann (Poselovic) Longo

    • Thanks for your inquiry Judith Ann. I’ve sent your question to our “historian” and hope we have an answer for you soon.

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