Philharmonia Orchestral Winds Conductor
Barry Zhou is a conductor and music educator proudly based in Connecticut. In addition to conducting the Philharmonia Winds, Barry is the Director of Bands at New Canaan HS. In his summers, he helps continue Connecticut’s long tradition of firehouse community bands by serving as Assistant Conductor for the Sound Beach Community Band based in Greenwich, CT.
Barry received his Master’s Degree in Music Education with a focus on Instrumental Conducting from the University of Hartford where he studied with Glen Adsit and Edward Cumming. He also received a Bachelors in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University where he studied trumpet with Rich Clymer and conducting with Dr. Fernando Jimenez. He has a wealth of experience attending conducting workshops throughout the years, including having attended the Conductor’s Institute at Bard College where he studied with reputable teachers such as Mark Gibson and Harold Farbermann. He previously taught for 8 years at East Elementary School, also in New Canaan, CT, and was the music director for the East School Singers. Barry also spent time working with many marching ensembles across the state including the Norwalk High School Bands, New Milford High School Bands, and the 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps.