Conductor, DIANE WITTRY, was recently named one of the “Top 30 Music Influencers” by Musical America Worldwide. She is known for her innovative programming and her engaging audience rapport. During the past few seasons, she has conducted concerts in Poland, China, Japan, Canada, Italy, Bosnia, Russia, Slovakia, New York, Washington D.C, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Kansas, and California, as well as her regularly scheduled concerts with the orchestras in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is known as a conductor who “specializes in finding creative ways to make the music fresh, accessible, and exciting.”
Diane Wittry is the Music Director and Conductor of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (PA), a professional orchestra with a 3.2 million budget that performs about 28 concerts per season. Diane Wittry is also the Artist Director of Pizazz Music. In the past, she was the Artistic Director of the Ridgewood Symphony (NJ), Music Director and Conductor of the Norwalk Symphony (CT), Music Director and Conductor of The Symphony of Southeast Texas (TX) where her artistic leadership garnered national attention, and Artistic Director of the International Cultural Exchange Program with the Sarajevo Philharmonic, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In the United States, Diane Wittry has led performances by, among others, the Milwaukee Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Orchestra Society of New York, and orchestras in Santa Cruz, CA, Stockton, CA, Augusta, GA, Pottstown, PA, York, PA, Wichita, KS, Topeka, KS; while her international engagements include concerts with the Zabre Philharmonic in Poland, the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Russia’s Maikop and Sochi symphony orchestras, Slovakia’s State Orchestra-Kosice, Italy’s Sinfonia Dell’Arte di Firenze, Canada’s Niagara Symphony, and Japan’s Orchestra Osaka Symphony. She has also conducted at the music festivals of Ojai (CA), Penn’s Woods (PA), and I-Park (CT).
Diane Wittry has been the subject of profiles in The New York Times and Newsweek, and has received many honors and awards, including the American Symphony Orchestra League’s Helen M. Thompson Award for outstanding artistic leadership of a regional orchestra. In 2015 she was honored by Musical America as one of “30 Top Music Professionals” nationally, and in 2013, she was named the “Outstanding Alumnus ” of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California where she was also their graduation speaker. Ms. Wittry received the Women of Excellence Award in Beaumont, Texas, the Arts Ovation Award and the Woman of Distinction Award from Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is also only the third American to be named – in recognition of her leadership in the arts and humanities – the recipient of the prestigious Fiorino Doro Award from the City of Vinci, Italy.
Her book Beyond the Baton, (Oxford University Press) about artistic leadership for regional conductors has become a standard text for the industry. It is the focus of a yearly International Conducting Workshop in Norwalk, CT, which helps emerging conductors put to practical use the elements in the book. Her second book, Baton Basics – Communicating Music through Gestures, is used for University courses and for International Conducting Workshops in Pleven, Bulgaria, Kiev, Ukraine, and in the United States.
More information about Diane Wittry’s work is available at: www.DianeWittry.com