Wendy Stuart – Philharmonia Orchestra
Ms. Stuart is excited to be part of the Oakland Youth Orchestras for her seventh season. She is currently in her eightteenth year of teaching for the Clarkston Community Schools, where she directs the Orchestras, grades seven through twelve. Prior to joining the music faculty in Clarkston, she spent a year beginning a new string program in a district east of Cincinnati, OH. While not currently teaching private lessons, she maintained an active cello studio for 24 years. She regularly serves as an adjudicator, clinician, and chamber music coach.
Ms. Stuart earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance from Eastern Michigan University and her teaching certification and Masters of Music in Music Education from the University of Michigan. Her cello teachers include Diane Winder, Anthony Elliott, and Robert deMaine. In addition to her degrees, she studied orchestral conducting while attending the ASTA International Workshops in Norway and France, where she worked with William LaRue Jones, Robert Culver and Marvin Rabin.
Ms. Stuart served three terms as Secretary for the Michigan Chapter of the American String Teacher Association and was the Director of the MASTA String Camp, Session III, for six years. She also was an Adjunct Professor of String Methods for four years at Concordia University in Ann Arbor.
Ms. Stuart maintains an active performance schedule in addition to teaching. She is the principal cellist for the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra and performs regularly with string ensembles and orchestras throughout southeast Michigan.