Music Director, Sandra Ragusa
is a charismatic personality on the classical conducting scene. Coming from an extensive background both as a conductor and a flutist, she brings the spirit of a true performer to the stage.
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.