William Shoucair

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William Shoucair is the founder and music director of the Boston Repertory Orchestra, the Dorchester Symphony Orchestra, and the Jamaica Plain Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Shoucair is considered one of the finest and most respected conductors in the Boston area, known for his always exciting concerts as well as his superb musicality and stick technique. He is considered a "musician's" conductor, well liked and respected by musicians for his ability to achieve superb results in a concise, pleasurable, and respectful manner. In addition to the Boston Repertory Orchestra and Dorchester Symphony, Mr. Shoucair has conducted the Mannes Orchestra, Composers Forum Orchestra, Eastman Chamber Collaborative, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Long Island Wind Ensemble, Lynbrook Symphony and the Long Island Youth Orchestra as well as free-lance conducting in the New York area.

Mr. Shoucair attended the Eastman School of Music and the Mannes College of Music. His primary conducting teacher and mentor was Walter Hendl,  former music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (assistant music director with Fritz Reiner) and the Erie Symphony Orchestra. Maestro Shoucair also studied conducting with Semyon Bychkov, Sung Kwak, Nicholas Flagello, and Joseph Rescigno.

Among Mr. Shoucair's other studies were: Solfege with Renée Longy and Marie Powers, musicology with Dr. Fritz Kramer, music theory with Carl Schachter, and orchestration with Charles Jones.

Mr. Shoucair is also an accomplished trumpet player. His teachers were Alfonse Maiorca and Sidney Mear. He has performed with the New England Brass Band, American Festival Orchestra (Salerno, Italy), Charles River Wind Ensemble, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Lynbrook Symphony, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Long Island Youth Orchestra, Young Artists Chamber Orchestra, NYU Symphony Orchestra, Mannes Orchestra, American Festival Brass Quintet, Metropolitan Wind Symphony, Oceanside Symphony Orchestra, and the Long Island Symphony Orchestra among others.