Bruce Habitzruther, MM
Mr. Habitzruther is founder, music director, and conductor of the Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra and the Lynchburg Symphony Youth Orchestra.
He has a bachelor of music education degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia. While there he was selected concerto competition winner in his junior year. He did further studies at the Royal Conservatory and Royal Academy of the Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. At the Conservatory he majored in cello performance and conducting. Mr. Habitzruther received a master of music degree in performance (cello) from Wichita State University where he received a full Ford Foundation grant. While in Wichita he played with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and was a member of the Graduate String Quartet.
Mr. Habitzruther is retired from the Lynchburg City Schools where he was director of strings and string specialist. During his tenure with the Lynchburg City Schools, Mr. Habitzruther organized four international tours including performance tours to France, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Scotland, and Canada.
The Lynchburg City Schools String Orchestra captured first place in every competition entered from 1978-2001. Competitions entered include: The Adjudicators’ National Invitational (Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.); The Manhattan Skyline Festival (New York City); The Peach Blossom Classic (Atlanta, Ga. - three time winners); Myrtle Beach Festival Competition; and the Gateways Music Festival in New York City in April of 2001. The American String Teachers Association selected the Lynchburg City Schools Orchestra Program for the Outstanding Orchestra Program Award in the State of Virginia in 1991.
Mr. Habitzruther has been an instructor at Lynchburg College since 1971 and has previously taught at Randolph College, Sweet Briar College, and the Virginia School of the Arts. Mr. Habitzruther received the 2005 Mayor’s Award of Excellence and is the first musician to ever receive this award.