Music Director and Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Anne Rupert, Music Director and Youth Symphony Orchestra Conductor, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where she earned a Bachelor of Music with a double major in Cello Performance and Instrumental Music Education. At Eastman, she studied cello with Robert Sylvester and Steven Doane, and was a member of every major performing ensemble including the Heidelberg, Germany Schlosspiele Orchestra under the baton of David Effron. Upon graduation, Mrs. Rupert taught for 10 years in the Fairfax County Public Schools where she was the Orchestra Director at Oakton High School, Rachel Carson Middle School and Franklin Middle School. Mrs. Rupert's orchestras consistently received Superior Ratings and Best Overall Orchestra Awards at District and National competitions in New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Orlando, Boston, Myrtle Beach, Gatlinburg, Atlanta, Hershey and Williamsburg. In March 1999 she was appointed Music Director and Youth Symphony Orchestra conductor of the Youth Orchestras of Prince William, an ensemble she led from 1999-2011. In June 2006, Mrs. Rupert made her Carnegie Hall conducting debut when she took the YSO to New York City for a week-long tour culminating in a Gold Rating performance at Carnegie Hall. Mrs. Rupert returned to public school education in September of 2006, this time at Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, VA where she directs the High School and Advanced Middle School Orchestras. Mrs. Rupert is especially pleased to share that she has numerous of her former high school students employed as Orchestra Directors in Virginia since their graduations from their respective colleges or universities! Since 1989 Mrs. Rupert has been a member of the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra cello section, where she also served as Music Librarian from 2003-2007. She performs frequently as a free-lance cellist in the Washington D.C. Metro Area, and has in the past maintained a small private cello studio. Mrs. Rupert is the 1994 and 2010 recipient of the American String Teachers Association Virginia Chapter
Outstanding Orchestra Director Award, the 2006 Kathleen Seefeldt Award for Musical Excellence in Prince William County, the 2007 Award for Outstanding Service to the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and 2008 and 2012 People's Choice Award at Robinson Secondary School. Beginning in 1994, Mrs. Rupert has served as guest conductor to many of the All County, Junior and Senior Regional Orchestras in Virginia, North Carolina and Connecticut, Junior All State Orchestra in Maryland and has almost annually adjudicated at Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) District Orchestra Assessments across the state. Her other guest conducting engagements include: Levine School of Music, JMU Spring String Thing, University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Summer Music Camp, Franklin Band and Orchestra Camp, and the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute held annually in the DC metro area. Mrs. Rupert holds active memberships with NAfME, VBODA and ASTA. She is delighted to have this opportunity to be back working with the students and staff of YOPW once again!
Mrs. Rupert lives in Clifton, VA with her husband Greg and their five sons: Ben, Nick, Nathaniel, Noah and Michael and Rascal, the dog. (Yes, he has grown on her, but don't tell the boys!) She enjoys being an involved mom, Cub Scout leader, violin and cello practice partner, #1 fan and chauffeur as necessary. She thanks you for the opportunity to work with your children in this setting and appreciates your support of public school music education and youth orchestras.