Our Conductor

Michael Stratechuk

Michael Stratechuk began his musical training at an early age studying with his father, a professional violinist, composer, conductor and graduate of the Vienna Conservatory of Music. Mr. Stratechuk went on to study both violin performance and conducting receiving his BFA from SUNY Purchase, MFA from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College and post graduate work at Columbia University, NYU and the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago. In addition he holds a Certificate of Orchestral Studies from The National Orchestral Association.

As Conductor and Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey since 2003, Maestro Stratechuk continues to lead the ensemble to ever more challenging, successful and rewarding seasons.

Mr. Stratechuk has an extensive national and international performance resume including performances with the New York Pops, New York Grand Opera, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Westfield Symphony, New Philharmonic of New Jersey and the Bermuda Symphony. He has performed or conducted on tours of Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

In NJ, Michael has conducted the Society of Musical Arts Orchestra, the Livingston Symphony and the Stratus Chamber Orchestra of which he is the founder. He serves on the music faculty of Hunter College Campus Schools, City University of New York. In addition, he is also a member of the Young Musicians Advisory Council for the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Our Concertmaster

Ashley Horne

Ashley Horne, violinist and native of Los Angeles, has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician around the world. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Ashley is known for his "bright tone and fine overall sense of style" (Dennis Rooney of Strad Magazine). His artistic integrity and flexibility have placed him in a diverse range of musical experiences, from recitalist at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall to performances with Portishead, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Tony Bennett, and Oliver Lake. He is a member of the American Symphony and Bard Festival Orchestras, and has performed with Brooklyn Philharmonic, Dance Theater of Harlem, and New York City Opera. Broadway credits include Carousel, Scarlet Pimpernel, Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, Follies, Chicago, On the Town, and The Producers. Mr. Horne has a mission for championing works by Black composers, such as Noel DaCosta and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, and was featured in Le Mozart Noir, the PBS documentary about the life of violinist and composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges. He is excited to be furthering his mission in his role as newly-appointed Music Director of the Antara Ensemble. His recordings of Perkinson's Louisiana Blues Strut (A Cakewalk), Henry Cowell's Fiddler's Jig and William Grant Still's Mother and Child with the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra (Koch International) can be heard regularly on WQXR. Filmgoers can also see Mr. Horne in Eddie Murphy's Coming to America.


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