Dorothy Savitch is music director of the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra (since 2003) and Director of the Music Partners Program, which provides hands-on musical training to 4000 New York City schoolchildren each year. Currently, she is also music director of Long Island’s Sound Symphony Orchestra. Since her tenure began, both orchestras have grown and expanded into two of the finest community ensembles in the New York metropolitan area. They have received high praise for their vibrant performances and expansive repertoire. In 1990 Ms. Savitch founded the Gotham Chamber Orchestra. From 1990-1998 the GCO established itself as one of New York City’s outstanding professional chamber orchestras. During these years Ms. Savitch gained her reputation as a champion of American composers, performing numerous premiers and revivals of American works. The Brooklyn Free Press hailed the GCO performances as “a tour de force”. Before her transition to the podium, Ms. Savitch studied the classical guitar with Christopher Parkening and Vicente Gomez, and toured throughout the West Coast. She received music degrees from Columbia University and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. Her conducting teachers include Harold Farberman and Maurice Peress.