ASO Conductors

Paul Ferington

Hailed as a “distinguished Guest Conductor” by The Buffalo News and a “local musical treasure” by Artvoice, Paul Ferington completed 30 years as a member of the Conducting Staff of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

From 1985 to 2015, he conducted this double Grammy Award winning Orchestra in over 475 concerts at 65 varied locations around New York, Northern Pennsylvania, Southern Ontario, and at Buffalo’s Kleinhans Music Hall. During his 30 years he conducted the Philharmonic’s Youth Concerts, Pops Concerts, Family Concerts, and special events concerts such as the Bisons Annual July 3rd Celebration at Coca Cola Field.

A graduate in Orchestral Conducting from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, he was a conducting student of Robert Shaw, Erich Kunzel, and Thomas Schippers. He has traveled nationally and internationally as recital accompanist, and served as frequent Guest Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus and Buffalo Master Chorale. He has been a Guest Conductor with the Orchestra of Liege Belgium, the WNY Chamber Orchestra, the Niagara Falls Philharmonic Orchestra, and served as Founding Conductor of the SUNY Buffalo State Philharmonia Orchestra from 2009-2015.
Maestro Ferington’s other distinction comes from his long career as a college educator and administrator in SUNY, serving as a Professor of Music, Chair of Fine Arts, Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs and Acting President. Awarded the SUNY Chancellor’s Aware for Excellence in Teaching, he continues as a member of the Music Department Faculty at SUNY Buffalo State College, sharing his expertise as a veteran on-line educator teaching undergraduate and graduate courses. In addition he serves as a presenter & facilitator for the Druminar - Team Building Executive Leadership Experience with Mark Hodges, Principal Percussion in the BPO.

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.