Maestro Brian Buterbaugh
Music Director/Conductor

Brian Buterbaugh is the Music Director/Conductor of the York Youth Symphony Orchestra. Prior to being selected as the 10th conductor in the organization’s 62-year history, he served as assistant conductor and interim conductor. 


Prior to the 2019-2020 school year, Mr. Buterbaugh was appointed as the new director for the award-winning Hershey High School and Hershey Middle School orchestras in the Derry Township School District. In this capacity, he directs two high school orchestras, three middle school orchestras, and the all-student musical pit orchestra.  Prior teaching engagements include orchestra director at Cedar Cliff High School and orchestra/choir director at Spring Grove Area High School.  His students have reached every level of the PMEA circuit – Districts, Regions, and States, in addition to NAfME All-Eastern and All-National ensembles. He received an ACCLAIM award for his teaching in the 2017-2018 school year.


Aside from his duties with the YYSO, Mr. Buterbaugh is a highly-requested guest conductor throughout the Capitol Region and beyond. Recent guest conducting engagements include the Dauphin County Honors Orchestra Festival, PMEA District 10 6th Grade String Fest, Berks County Senior County Orchestra, Carroll County (MD) Middle School All-County Orchestra, Harford County (MD) High School All-County Orchestra and the Berks County 6th Grade String Fest. He conducted the national-recognized Black Violin duo with the YYSO in 2017. Previous conducting positions include the Hanover Symphony Orchestra and the Acts of Kindness Theatre Company.


Mr. Buterbaugh maintains a private cello studio and is a frequent performer in the area. His private cello students range in age from middle schoolers to PMEA All-State Orchestra participants. Along with frequent freelance work, Brian has performed with the Berks Opera Company, Central Pennsylvania Symphony, Genesius Theatre, Berks Sinfonietta, and many other local and regional organizations. Performance venues include Carnegie Hall, Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh. He has also taught graduate-level courses in the Conducting Program at Messiah College. 


Mr. Buterbaugh received his BME from Penn State University, a Master’s in Orchestral Conducting from Messiah College, and a Master’s in Music Education from the University of Nebraska. He currently lives near Harrisburg with his wife Julie, and their two small boys, Evan and Liam.

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