Click here for a little information on Paul John Stanbery: http://hfso.org/about-us/conductor/
"The Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony is one of the finest regional orchestras in the Cincinnati area, not just for the quality of its performances, but for the creativity of its programming. Under music director Paul John Stanbery…..The achievement of the performers was inspiring, the content of the program, inspired. Led by Stanbery, the combined forces of the orchestra and massed choirs made a splendid impression, one that begs for an encore……In short, it was a concert to shed luster on the Greater Cincinnati community (and beyond), and in highlighting (Michael) Daugherty and his music, to foster appreciation of the finest in American music here and now."–-Mary Ellyn Hutton (from her review on www.ConcertoNet.com - Feb. 23, 2013)
Paul John Stanbery is currently Music director of the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony, Ohio Mozart Festival, Great Miami Youth Symphony and has been Associate Conductor of the Lima Symphony in Ohio. Guest appearances have included the Western Piedmont Symphony, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, The University of Cincinnati and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest with the Miami University Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Mr. Stanbery studied at Bowling Green State University and The University of Cincinnati. His mentors and teachers included conducting studies with Emil Raab, Ivan Trusler, Robert Porco and John Leman. He studied composition with Wallace DePue and H. Owen Reed. He teaches Music Composition/Theory and Conducting at Northern Kentucky University.
He was also the founder and conductor of the Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony, as well as the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra.
In November of 2005, Mr. Stanbery won the prestigious Post-Corbett Award (Performing Artist Division). Given every other year, the Post-Corbett Award is the equivalent of a Cincinnati-regional Pulitzer Prize, recognizing outstanding achievement in the arts. Mr. Stanbery is the first conductor so honored who was not associated with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
His Second Symphony “Foundations” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music for 2012. It received its premiere in October, 2012 by the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of the composer to a wildly enthusiastic audience. Repeat performances are planned by several orchestras.