About FSO: Staff
Meet the staff of Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra
Elizabeth Schulze, music director & principal conductor
FSO audiences know Elizabeth Schulze for her dynamism, her passion for music, her engaging rapport with the audience and her compelling musicianship. Teachers and students in northern Arizona know her as a strong advocate for music education. In her fifth season as the artistic director and conductor of the FSO, Schulze is also music director and conductor of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and principal guest conductor of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.
Schulze has been associate conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., music director and conductor of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra in Iowa, the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin and assistant conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic. She has also served as a conducting assistant and cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic.
Schulze has been guest conductor with dozens of American orchestras and opera companies. She made her European debut leading the Mainz Chamber Orchestra for the opening concert of the 1996 Atlantisches Festival in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She appeared in Paris, London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, and Vienna with the National Symphony during its 1997 European Tour and has performed as guest conductor at the Aspen Music Festival. She has been guest assistant conductor at the Paris Opera and at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Recent guest appearances include debuts with the Baltimore, Detroit, San Francisco and New Jersey symphonies as well as appearances with the Jerusalem Symphony in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
In 1991 she was the recipient of the first Aspen Music School Conducting Award. An honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Bryn Mawr College, she holds graduate degrees in Orchestral and Choral Conducting from SUNY at Stony Brook. The first doctoral fellow in Orchestral Conducting at Northwestern University, working with Victor Yampolsky, she has been a conducting fellow at Les Écoles d'Art Americaines in France as well as at prestigious music festivals in America. At Aspen, she worked with Murry Sidlin, Lawrence Foster and Sergiu Commissiona. As a Tanglewood Fellow, she worked with Seiji Ozawa, Gustav Meier and Leonard Bernstein.
Elizabeth Schulze is represented by Columbia Artists Management, Inc. and John Such Artists' Management.
Jon Eder, assistant conductor
Jon Eder has been part of the Flagstaff musical community since the mid-1970’s. He is the Assistant Conductor of the Flagstaff Symphony, has been the principal clarinetist of the FSO since 1981, and is in his 37th year as a member of that group. Jon has conducted the immensely popular July 4th concerts for the FSO for the past 8 years. He is also the director of the NAU Academy Orchestra, and ensemble comprised of the best young orchestral musicians in Northern Arizona. A 1975 graduate of Coconino High School, Eder taught band, orchestra and jazz in the Flagstaff Public Schools for 32 years. Jon’s wide-ranging musical skills are notable; he has performed numerous styles over the years, and is equally at home in front of a jazz ensemble as he is a symphony orchestra. He has performed as featured soloist with orchestras in Flagstaff, Prescott, Phoenix and Mesa, as well as the NAU Wind Symphony; he has performed as a jazz soloist all over Arizona, and in California, Nevada, Montana and Nebraska. He is on a VERY short list of Arizona music teachers whose groups have earned Superior ratings at the state level in concert band, marching band, jazz ensemble and orchestra. His ensembles are in constant demand for performances throughout Northern Arizona.
Jon has a son, Joseph, who resides in Phoenix. Mr. Eder’s mother, Mary Jane, resides in Anthem. Mr. Eder counts travel, U.S. history and baseball as his outside interests.
Cindy Gould, librarian / operations & office manager
Cindy Gould has been a member of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra since 1985. She became principal trumpet in 2001 and was one of the featured soloists for the 2010-2011 concert season. In 2004 she assumed the duties of Personnel Manager and Librarian and additionally in 2007 assumed the part-time duties as FSO Office/Operations Manager.
Cindy has been a private trumpet instructor for more than 25 years and enjoys any and everything having to do with the trumpet and brass music in general. She performs with the Elden Brass Quintet at NAU and works with other performing organizations in Arizona and Colorado.
Emily Wells, marketing & outreach coordinator
Emily Wells joined the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra as their outreach coordinator in August 2012 and began as the marketing coordinator in December 2012. Emily worked for two years as a graduate assistant for Northern Arizona University Opera and will earn her Master of Music degree in 2013. In May 2010 she graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance. At Syracuse she was the producer of the annual Family Weekend Concert Series for an unprecedented three years. Emily is committed to reaching new audiences and sharing her enthusiasm for classical music through active outreach.
Emily gained experience as a performer of both opera and classical repertoire. From 2010-2012 she was active in opera performances in Arizona. During her time in Syracuse she performed with Syracuse University Opera and was a chorister for three seasons with Syracuse Opera. She has attended summer music festivals in the United States and Europe.
Sheila White, orchestra personnel
Sheila White is beginning her 12th season with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the clarinet section, she plays bass clarinet, Eb clarinet, and third clarinet. This season, she assumes the duties of Personnel Manager for the organization.
Sheila has been a teacher in the Flagstaff Unified School District for the past 5 years and is currently the music teacher at Marshall Magnet Elementary. This allows her to spend several hours per week with a classroom teacher creating and implementing lessons that utilize classical music to enhance the general core curriculum.
Since moving to Flagstaff 17 years ago, Sheila has performed with a variety of woodwind ensembles around town. Music has always held an important place in her life and she feels fortunate to be involved with this esteemed organization.