Hilarie is passionate about music. She aims to motivate and inspire to perform at a higher caliber or to understand with greater depth. But her aspirations are balanced with patience, humor, and joy of conducting.
Hilarie brings a combination of her musicality with her education and research. She has clear vision of what she wants – clear, concise expectations and the conducting technique to convey it to the orchestra. An important aspect of her conducting is an incessant drive to refine and develop further a rewarding interpretation to express the soul of the music.
Conducting is a collaborative effort – each musician brings their own music story. Each musician is in a different place in their musical journey. These differences enhance the musical fabric of the ensemble from which she weaves a cohesive whole that bring forth powerful and joyful music.
Hilarie’s direction from the podium is gentle yet demanding. This balance signifies the blending of musical expertise, motivation, curiosity and respect for the performers.
Gregg Michalak performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto, No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58 on May 2, 2015
Violinist Jina Choi performing Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy on May 7, 2016
September 2018 – Present
April 2016 – Present
January 1998 – May 2017
Fall 2015 – Present
2012 – 2015
July 2005 – 2014
“New Year’s Day Gala” Concert 2013
July 2002, Orchestra Director
Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Studied conducting with Ron DeFesi, Artistic Director of the Hudson Opera Theatre, Allan Gillespie, professor at University of Connecticut
You have accomplished something quite remarkable. You have built a sixty-piece, professional sounding orchestra from the ground up in the space of a few short years. The feat is even more impressive given the fairly limited resources that have been available to you.