Jeffry Newberger is a veteran of the Washington music scene and has made a reputation as a musician of great versatility. This season begins his fourth season as Assistant Conductor of both the Apollo Chamber Orchestra and Trinity Chamber Orchestra. Recently he made a highly successful debut as guest conductor of the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra. In the 2011-12 season he was the conductor of the Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra at Shepherd University. He is in demand as a music director and has led recent productions of The Last Five Years, Ragtime, By Jeeves, Gallantry, andPadrevia.
An active performing 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, Fairfax 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. As 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.
Jeffry is passionate about education and is an adjunct violin and viola instructor at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV and The McLean School of Maryland and the Landon School. He directs the Junior Strings of the Shepherd Preparatory Division and is a sectional coach for Frederick Regional Youth Orchestras and Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra. He has been a guest clinician at DC Youth Orchestras, Frederick Regional Youth Orchestras, Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra, and others. A fine singer, he also holds a position as tenor section leader at St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church in Foggy Bottom.
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. His conducting teachers were Kate Tamarkin and Piotr Gajewski and his violin teachers were Jody Gatwood and Odin Rathnam. This past summer, he studied with Kenneth Kiesler at the Conductors Retreat at Medomak.