Barry Zhou

Philharmonia Orchestral Winds Conductor


Barry Zhou is a conductor and music educator proudly based in Connecticut. He 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 holds 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.

Barry spends his teaching career taking part in a large variety of different musical engagements. He teaches throughout the day at East Elementary School in New Canaan, CT and is the music director for the East School Singers. 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. He 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.