ASO Conductors

Bryan Eckenrode

Conductor/cellist Bryan Eckenrode graduated cum laude from SUNY at Stony Brook and holds a Master of Music degree from SUNY at Buffalo. Eckenrode is conductor and music director of the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra in Pennsylvania and the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, the Prelude Strings Orchestra, and the Young Artists’ Orchestra of Jamestown. He has been guest conductor with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and The Southern Tier Symphony. Eckenrode has served as the program coordinator for Artpark’s Music in the Woods series. He was guest conductor of the Genesee Symphony in the Spring of 2016.

He is currently principal cello with the Western New York Chamber Orchestra and Southern Tier Symphony. Eckenrode has performed with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with Ars Nova, and as principal cellist of the British Columbia (Canada) Mozart Festival Orchestra. He is a member of the Lexington String Quartet, and the chamber groups Voci D’Amore and Camerata.

Eckenrode records with the International Baroque Soloists, and he can be heard on the CD’s of many artists, including Ani DiFranco, 10,000 Maniacs, Sixpence None the Richer, Seven Day Faith, Them Jazzbeards, John and Mary, and Alison Pipitone: not only as a cellist, but as a bagpiper and flutist. He has recorded the sound tracks of film scores for a number of silent movies being distributed on commercial DVD by the Turner Broadcasting Network. He has performed twice at Lincoln Center in New York and recently recorded the sound track for the PBS special – The Siege of Fort Erie – A Glorious Battle. He was bagpipe soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic for their successful Memorial Day Pops Concerts. He is cellist with The Most Arts Festival held during the month of July at Alfred University.

Eckenrode is an adjunct professor at Canisius College, Buffalo State College, Jamestown Community College, and director of the string department at Villa Maria College. Eckenrode is on the music faculty at the renowned Nichols School in Buffalo. He is married to the internationally acclaimed soprano, Cristen Gregory.

Dr. Armenio Suzano Jr.

Dr. Armenio Suzano was born in Brazil and at the age of 16 won a competition to become the youngest member ever of the renowned Rio de Janeiro Opera House Symphony Orchestra (Orquestra do Teatro Municipal). He served as their Assistant Principal Clarinetist for 9 years. Upon moving to the United States, Suzano engaged in multicultural ecclesiastical work – particularly within Portuguese-speaking communities in Massachusetts and Spanish-speaking communities in Texas.

Dr. Suzano’s accomplishments include the Outstanding Music Graduate Award as well as the President’s Award for Outstanding Performer of the Year (1997) from Stephen F. Austin State University (TX) and the 1st prize at the Sul-America International Competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. An avid soccer player and accomplished clarinetist and saxophonist, Suzano has performed with the Northwestern University and The University of Michigan Symphony Orchestras, South Bend Symphony (IL) and Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra (MI). In 1983-84 he was the guest soloist with the Amazonas Brasilienischemusik Jazz Ensemble in Berlin, Germany. Recent performances include the Frank Ticheli Clarinet Concerto in 2012 with the Stephen F Austin State University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Frank Ticheli and an All-Brazilian Music Recital program at various colleges in Virginia in 2013 and 2014.

In 1997 Armenio Suzano won the Solo and Aria Competition at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and in 1998 he won the Concerto Competition at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI), where he was also a Humanities Fellow between 1998 and 2000. He holds degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University (B.M./1997), Northwestern University (M.M./1998) and The University of Michigan (D.M.A./2002). Dr. Suzano studied under professors Russell Dagon, Frederick Hemke, and Mallory Thompson (Northwestern University) as well as Fred Ormand, Donald Sinta, and Kenneth Keisler (The University of Michigan).

Before joining the faculty at Houghton College, Suzano served as Director of the Liberty University Symphony Orchestra, Director of Bands at Brewton-Parker College, Professor of Music at Indiana Wesleyan University, and as Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University.