Wesley Schulz joined the Puget Sound faculty as its orchestra director in Fall 2015. A celebrated conductor and passionate teacher, he is deeply committed to working with young musicians through his work at Puget Sound, the Seattle Conservatory of Music, and youth orchestras. He also is the Music Director of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and the Seattle Festival Orchestra. In 2014-2015 he was the Conducting Fellow at the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, making his debut with the orchestra to a sold-out performance with singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov. He has been lauded by musicians for his “intensity and emotion” in performances and for his “approachable and inspiring” leadership.
In high demand as a guest conductor, Schulz has appeared with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Mahler Festival, Juneau Symphony, Port Angeles Symphony, Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, Oregon East Symphony, Powder River Symphony, Rainier Symphony, the San-Francisco All-City Honors String Orchestra, and the Austin Chamber Music Center. He also has served as Music Director for both the Everett Youth Symphony Orchestras and Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestras and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator across the Pacific Northwest. This coming year he will debut with the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra and will have return engagements with the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Schulz also has a passion for new music, often premiering commissioned works. While at the Seattle Symphony he led seven world premieres at the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop and assisted with recordings for the symphony’s Grammy-winning label, Seattle Symphony Media.
From 2007-2011 Schulz directed the Texas Chamber Group, a group he founded in Austin, Texas dedicated to performing chamber orchestra works in creatively designed performance contexts. A special performance, the Rite of Spring Project, drew a standing-room-only crowd in witness of a discussion panel, dancers, and pianists as well as a full orchestra performance of the ballet score. This performance of Rite of Spring earned Schulz and the Texas Chamber Group the 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Performance. From 2009 to 2013 Schulz was the assistant conductor of the Britt Festival Orchestra, a professional summer orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon.
“What excites me more than anything else in coming to the University of Puget Sound is the opportunity to create life-changing musical experiences with such a fantastic group of young musicians. Together we can push ourselves to new and extraordinary musical heights.”