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Internationally acclaimed conductor, DIANE WITTRY, was recently named as one of the "Top 30 Professional Musicians" by Musical America Worldwide. She is a frequent guest conductor of orchestras internationally and has conducted orchestras in 11 countries throughout the world, including China, Poland, Canada, Bosnia, Russia, Slovakia, Japan, and Italy. In the United States, Wittry has led performances by the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, San Diego, Houston, New Jersey, and Santa Barbara as well as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, and the music festivals of Ojai (CA), Penn's Woods (PA), and I-Park (CT).
Wittry is currently the Music Director and Conductor of the Allentown Symphony, PA , and the Garden State Philharmonic, NJ. She has established a reputation for her creative programming and innovative approach to concert formats and has been described as "a conductor who specializes in finding creative ways to make the music fresh, accessible, and exciting."
Diane Wittry, is also the author of "Beyond the Baton," (Oxford University Press) a book about artistic leadership for conductors, and "Baton Basics" a conducting technique book. She is a frequent guest conducting teacher and lecturer at conducting workshops and music conservatories across the United States.