Sheldon Bair, Founder and Music Director

Brian Folus

Mr. Brian Folus, Principal Bassist for The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra, has also been a frequent guest conductor of the SSO.   He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Towson University and began teaching in Harford County, Maryland in 1985.   He earned a Master of Music Degree from West Chester University, PA. in 1993.  Mr. Folus has also completed an additional 30 graduate credits at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.  Mr. Folus studied conducting with Dr. Leigh Martinet, Mr. Ray Moore, and Maestro Leonid Grin.

Mr. Folus is currently teaching instrumental music at Red Pump Elementary School in Harford County, Maryland, and is on the Music Faculty of Harford Community College where he teaches string lessons.

Mr. Folus is the founding conductor of the Harford String Orchestra and assumed the podium of the Harford Youth Orchestra in the Fall of 2005.  His arrangements for the Harford String Orchestra include “The Turtle Dove,” the “Hanover Chorale”, and an original composition “Summer Breezes”.  Mr. Folus’ arrangement of “Symphony No. 1″ by William Boyce has been published by Highland-Etling Publishers the String Orchestra division of Alfred Publishing. This December the SSO will premier Mr. Folus’ latest arrangement “A Hanukkah Celebration.”

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