Suren Petrosyan, Music Director and conductor of the Mason Symphony

Suren Petrosyan holds a Master’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting and a Doctoral Degree in Cello Performance from Michigan State University. He also holds a double degree in Conducting and Cello Performance from Yerevan State Conservatory.

Originally from Armenia, he started his first music lessons at the age of 5, dedicating his entire life to music since then. He is an active cello performer, music teacher and conductor. He has conducted concerts with various Symphony and Chamber Orchestras in Armenia, Europe, United States, and Canada. In 2001, he founded the prizewinning “Scherzo” Youth Chamber Orchestra in his hometown, Yerevan. As a cellist, he has won numerous competitions and awards. He has performed throughout Europe, notably at the Bach International Festival in Leipzig (Germany, 2000), in France, Netherlands, Russia, and USA.

Suren moved to the United States in 2005, where he founded the Pro Musica Ensemble in Lansing, Michigan. He has also been actively performing with numerous orchestras in Michigan as a soloist, principal, and section cellist. Mr. Petrosyan aims to apply his internationally gained experience to reach a wide audience through performing a variety of pieces from different time periods and traditions.

As a teacher, Suren Petrosyan has extensive experience both in Armenia where he received a special nomination for ‘The Best Teacher of the Year’, and here in Michigan, where he has been teaching cello at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, at Marshall Music, and in his private studio.

Suren is beginning his second season with Mason Symphony Orchestra. He is looking forward to sharing his passion for music with the orchestra musicians and making this collaboration as inspiring and fulfilling as possible.

 

Catalina Barraza, Music Director and conductor of the Mason Philharmonic

Ms. Catalina Barraza is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Michigan State University in violin performance with Dr. Walter Verdehr. She earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and her bachelor’s degree from Pontifical Javeriana University in her home city Bogota, Colombia.

Catalina has an extensive orchestra and chamber music experience. She has performed with Traverse Symphony, Hot Springs Music Festival, Bay View Music Festival, the World Orchestra, Segovia Music Festival and the Colombia National Symphony Orchestra, among others. As an orchestra player and chamber music violinist, she has performed throughout her native Colombia, Unite States, Israel and Spain. Catalina teaches Suzuki violin in the Okemos, Michigan area. She is also a faculty member of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.

Catalina is starting her first year with the Mason Philharmonic Orchestra. She is excited to make wonderful music this first season and spread her love for music and enthusiasm to the youth.

 


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