Sandra Ragusa, Music Director
Known for her creative programming and strong interpretation,
Ms. Ragusa has been invited to conduct orchestras on three continents including recent guest conducting engagements in Poland, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, China, and Japan. Ms. Ragusa is highly regarded by both musicians and audience members for her thoughtful and energetic presence on the podium. Ms. Ragusa recently founded DC Modern, a Washington, DC- based contemporary music ensemble.
As she uncovered her true love, conducting, Ms. Ragusa has moved from performing as a flutist to leading orchestras through electrifying performances of both the standard literature and new music. Discovered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group prior to a Green Umbrella Series concert, she was brought aboard to play flute for the series when others were not as interested in the genre. This genre has always been dear to Ms. Ragusa’s heart, and now, through DC Modern, she has an opportunity to bring this wonderful literature to the Washington, DC audience. Highlights of her 2015–16 season feature concerts in Poland; Washington, DC; New York; Connecticut; Germany; and Romania.
A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Ragusa studied flute at the University of Southern California and holds a Master of Music Degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She has been mentored as a conductor by Colin Metters and Vladimir Ponkin; her flute teachers were Julius Baker, Jeanne Baxtresser, and Roger Stevens. Ms. Ragusa has served on the faculties of California State Polytechnic University – Pomona, University of Southern California, Carnegie Mellon University, and Pasadena City College.