West Suburban Chapter Meetings are held each month at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wheaton, Illinois. Trinity Episcopal Church is located on the corner of West and Wesley Streets in downtown Wheaton. The monthly business meeting is held at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments provided. Each month’s presentation begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.
9:30 am: Business Meeting.
10:00 am: Program
Dr. Barbara Schubert
“ Music as our Mission: Programming and Performing for Impact”
As conductor of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Schubert has proven to have staying power long beyond her entrances. Schubert has been described as “an archivist and scholar as well as a conductor,” stating that one of her joys of conducting for that the work is never finished. “You’re always striving,” she says, “to understand more about the piece of music. You’re always striving to achieve greater polish. You’re always striving to be more effective, to be more inspiring to your musicians. To get closer to the essence of the art.”
Arriving at the Univ. of Chicago in 1976, Dr. Schubert soon became the conductor of the Univ. of Chicago orchestra, shaping it in ways “that reflect her combination of a brilliant intellect and consummate musicality.” Dr. Schubert’s purpose from this early time was always “to foster ... a lifelong commitment to music,...and to appreciate...and support...music.” Schubert has studied conducting with Herbert Blomstedt, Otto-Werner Meuller, Thomas Briccetti, Charles Bruch, and Iva Dee Hiatt. She also participated in many professional conducting workshops, such as those with maestros Max Rudolf and Pierre Boulez. As Winner of the 1982 American Conductors Competition, Barbara Schubert served two seasons as Asst. Conductor of the Colorado Philharmonic Orchestra. In the summer of 1985 she was selected for the Tanglewood Seminar for Conductors, where she studied with Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Mazur, and Gustav Meier.
Dr. Schubert has been consistently featured and accoladed with "consistently high artistic standards, her energetic podium style, and her innovative programming". She was named the 2003 "Conductor of the Year" by the Illinois Council of Orchestras. Dr. Schubert has guest conducted numerous professional ensembles in the Chicago area, including the Grant Park Symphony, the Contemporary Chamber Players, the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Oak Park Symphony, the Chicago Camerata, and Light Opera Works. Recent guest conducting engagements include the Birmingham Opera Theater (AL), the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra (AK), the Santa Cruz County Symphony (CA), the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony (ND), the Fox Valley Symphony (WI and IL), the Bay Area Women's Philharmonic (IN), the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra (IN) and the Northwest Indiana Symphony.
She has an extensive repertoire, consisting of over 1,100 performed works, including twentieth-century music and many full operas. Barbara Schubert recently completed a two-year term as President of the Conductors Guild, an international service organization of nearly 2,000 members that is dedicated "to encouraging and promoting the highest standards in the art and profession of conducting". Known throughout the Chicago area as an orchestra builder, she has dramatically increased both the quality and the scope of the symphony orchestras she directs. A champion of new music, Ms. Schubert has conducted a large number of world premieres with both amateur and professional ensembles, and has introduced a wide assortment of unusual repertoire and collaborative events to Chicago audiences.