Anna Wittstruck is the Acting Assistant Professor in Music at Stanford University, where she recently completed her Ph.D. in musicology and now serves as Interim Music Director and Conductor of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and the Stanford Philharmonia for the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons. She has conducted the Summer Stanford Symphony Orchestra for six consecutive seasons and directed the Stanford Wind Ensemble in 2015. For two years, she served as assistant conductor and then acting director of Stanford’s orchestral studies program, where she helped direct the SSO, Stanford Philharmonia, Stanford New Ensemble and Stanford Chinese Ensemble. She also helped create the Stanford Youth Orchestra, an international program for advanced high school students through Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, in which she served as assistant conductor and academic coordinator for three years.
Dr. Wittstruck has conducted concerts across the United States, in Europe and in Asia, including with the Harbin Symphony in China. In December 2013 she conducted the first ever symphonic concert on Catalina Island: “Sounds of America,” featuring Copland’s Appalachian Spring and returned the following year to conduct an all-Mozart program with soloists from the San Francisco Symphony and Syracuse, New York. She has conducted concerts at the Rudolfinum in Prague and the Musikzentrum Augarten (home of the Vienna Boy’s Choir) in Vienna, as well as concerts in Berlin, Bad Elster, and Teplice, as part of the 2013 Stanford Symphony Orchestra tour of Central Europe.
Dr. Wittstruck is also an active orchestral musician whose performances as a cellist span from the Beijing Modern Music Festival to the 2011 YouTube Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Her string quartet recently returned from a concert tour of Thailand sponsored by the Yonok and American-Thai Foundations, in honor of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s sixtieth birthday celebrations. She won a blind audition at the age of fourteen to become the youngest contracted member of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, and has participated in orchestra festivals such as Tanglewood, Round Top, and the National Symphony/Kennedy Center Institute. She has appeared as a soloist with the Charlotte and Hendersonville Symphonies, on the Public Radio International show, “From the Top,” and with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra.
Increasingly sought after as an adjudicator, Dr. Wittstruck has judged concerto competitions for the San Francisco and El Camino Youth Symphonies, and appears regularly as a judge and clinician for the San Francisco WorldStrides Heritage Festival. She served on the jury of the 2014 Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition in Harbin, China.
Dr. Wittstruck also holds a B.A. in Music from Princeton University with certificates in orchestral conducting and creative writing. There she spent two years as assistant conductor of the Princeton University Orchestra and as associate conductor of the Princeton Sinfonia. She has attended the Pierre Monteux School of Conducting in Hancock, Maine, where she studied with Michael Jinbo. Other conducting teachers include Michael Pratt, Ruth Ochs, Stephen Sano, and Jindong Cai.