Diane Wittry


2009-2010 Season

Diane Wittry is currently the Music Director and Conductor of both the Allentown Symphony, PA, and the Norwalk Symphony, CT. She is in demand as a guest conductor nationally and internationally and has conducted orchestras in Italy, Japan, Russia, Slovakia, and Ukraine. American orchestras she has worked with include: The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Milwaukee Symphony, The San Diego Symphony, The Buffalo Philharmonic, The New Jersey Symphony, The Houston Symphony, The Florida Philharmonic, The Santa Barbara Symphony, and The Ojai Festivals Chamber Orchestra, among others. 

As a composer, Diane Wittry’s composition “Mist” was premiered by the Allentown Symphony, PA, in March 2008.  A recording is available on the Piźazz Label.  Her orchestra composition “Lamentoso” will be premiered in 2010. Diane Wittry’s music is based upon capturing emotions and visual images and transferring them to sound.  She feels that each piece should be a journey and should impact the listener in a visceral way.  Her music is published by the Theodore Presser Company.

Diane Wittry is also the author of the book “Beyond the Baton” (Oxford University Press, 2007) which explores concepts of programming and artistic leadership for young conductors.  This book is now the focus of a national conducting workshop hosted annually by the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra.