Richard Fazio received his Master of Music and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the Catholic University of America School of Music. He also completed advanced studies in conducting at the Juilliard School, Philadelphia Professional Ensembles Institute, the Brockport Music Festival in New York, and the American Summer Conductors’ Institute held at West Virginia University. His teachers include Giampaolo Braccali, Otto-Werner Muller, Robert Garofalo, Sergiu Commissiona, Piotr Gajewski, and Donald Portnoy. In 1981 Dr. Fazio was one of 25 conductors selected nationally to participate in the Gino Marinuzzi International Conducting Competition in San Remo, Italy.
Dr. Fazio served for five years as Artistic Director for The Metropolitan Bach Festival in Maryland and was Music Director/Conductor for the Washington Savoyards, a Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company, for 11 years. During that time he conducted the entire G&S repertoire. He has returned on several occasions, including a November, 2006 production of Patience. Maestro Fazio has also served as conductor for the Summer Opera Theatre Company in Washington, DC, for their production of The Merry Widow, and has conducted the Catholic University Orchestra and the Trinity Chamber Orchestra for the Metropolitan Ballet Theater Company in Maryland.
Dr. Fazio is currently an instrumental music teacher in the Montgomery County School System where he has taught in both the elementary and secondary levels. From 2001-2005 he served as a part-time faculty member at the Catholic University of America as director of the Wind Ensemble and lecturer in Instrumental Music Curriculum and Pedagogy and Brass Methods. He has also served as conductor for the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra of Maryland and the Montgomery County Honors String Orchestras, and is currently music director/conductor for the Trinity Chamber Orchestra of Washington.
Dr. Fazio is the author of two Study Guides and Reference Manuals in Music History and Theoretical Functions.
Jeffry Newberger is honored to return as assistant conductor of the Trinity Chamber Orchestra. A veteran of the Washington music scene, Maestro Newberger has made a reputation as a musician of great versatility. Having just finished a season as Conductor of the Shepherd University Preparatory Orchestra, he is currently Assistant Conductor of both the Trinity Chamber Orchestra and Apollo Chamber Orchestra. Recent guest conducting engagements include a highly successful performance with the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra. He is in demand as a music director and has led recent productions of The Last Five Years, Ragtime, By Jeeves, Gallantry, and Padrevia. As a violinist, Mr. Newberger is Assistant Concertmaster of the Apollo Chamber Orchestra and is a member of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. Additionally, he has performed with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Chamber Orchestra of Charlottesville, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Opera Camerata of Washington, and is a former member of the York (PA) Symphony Orchestra, with whom he was Acting Concertmaster at the age of 17. An avid proponent of new music, he performs regularly with the Third Millennium Ensemble as violinist and conductor and has worked extensively with local composers to premiere their works. Mr. Newberger is featured as violin soloist with the DC-Area Snark Ensemble on the premiere film scores for the DVD releases of Harry Langdon: Lost and Found and Becoming Charley Chase. Mr. Newberger was appointed as adjunct faculty at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV starting this fall as a violin instructor and is also on the adjunct violin faculty at The McLean School of Maryland and the Landon School, and holds a position as tenor at St. Stephen Martyr Roman Catholic Church in Washington.
Mr. Newberger holds a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance, magna cum laude, from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at the Catholic University of America. During his studies, he was Assistant Conductor of both the CUA Symphony Orchestra and CUA Chamber Singers and conducted performances of Cosi fan tutte and Gianni Schicchi. His conducting teachers were Kate Tamarkin and Piotr Gajewski and his violin teachers were Jody Gatwood and Odin Rathnam.