Senior Symphony Music Director
Margery Deutsch has been the conductor and Music Director of MYSO’s Senior Symphony since 1987. Under her direction, the Senior Symphony toured China in 2007, and in 2012 she led the Senior Symphony on a ten-day tour of Vienna and Prague where they were chosen to perform on the Gala Winners’ Concert as part of the 2012 Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival. Past tours include concerts in Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Canada (Quebec and British Columbia), Scotland, Carnegie Hall and the National Youth Orchestra Festival in Sarasota, Florida.
Professor Emeritus Deutsch served as Director of Orchestras and Professor of Conducting at UW-Milwaukee from 1984 until 2012 and received the UWM Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1990. She is currently the Music Director of UWM’s University Community Orchestra, an ensemble of over 120 musicians ranging in age from 12 to 99, comprised of college, high school, and middle school students and community members.
Prior to arriving in Milwaukee she was the Music Director of the Shreveport (LA) Symphony. She has worked with many professional orchestras including the Women’s Philharmonic (CA), Charleston Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic and has guest conducted numerous choirs in the Milwaukee area. She has been a frequent guest conductor for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Concert Series and is in demand for all-state and district orchestra festivals throughout the country. She has studied at Aspen, Tanglewood, and the prestigious Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy and has worked with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Colin Davis, Thomas Briccetti, Sergiu Comissiona, Samuel Baron and Jan DeGaetani. She holds an MM in orchestral conducting, an MA in musicology and a BA in flute and vocal performance. She has served four terms on the Board of Directors of the League of American Orchestras’ Youth Orchestra Division.