Maestro Stephen Czarkowski is in his eleventh season as music director and conductor of The Apollo Orchestra, associate conductor of York Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of Opera Camerata. He has guest conducted Prince George’s Philharmonic, Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia, Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of the Potomac, Washington Sinfonietta, Honolulu Symphony and Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Stephen has also guest conducted the National Symphony Orchestra through the National Conducting Institute under Leonard Slatkin. Stephen has worked with internationally esteemed soloists, including soprano Harolyn Blackwell, harpist Nancy Allen, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, trumpeter Chris Gekker, guitarist Ana Vidovic and cellists Carter Brey, Jerry Grossman and Amit Peled. He is director of strings at Norwood School (sixth year), where his orchestra received a superior rating in festival; music director and conductor of Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra; music director and conductor of The Symphonette at Landon School; and resident conductor and cello faculty at Luzerne Music Center. Stephen was a soloist with Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, performing Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major and performed Bach’s Cello Suites at St. James Catholic Church in Charles Town, West Virginia. He was a special guest artist at the Library of Congress, the White House and in concerts honoring Pope Francis and President Obama. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America and Mannes College of Music at The New School. Mr. Czarkowski was elected onto the Board of Directors of the Conductors Guild.