Artistic and Music Director
Dr. Suzanna Pavlovsky is a passionate musician with extensive and broad education and experience. She holds a DMA in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, MM in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music, MM in Orchestral Conducting from the Michigan State University, BM in Orchestral Conducting from Tel-Aviv University, Israel, and Music Theory from the Ashrafi Conservatory of Music from Tashkent, Uzbekistan (a republic of the former Soviet Union). Her educational and teaching experiences in the USSR, Israel, Canada, and the United States give her a broad appeal to performers and a wealth of skills and knowledge to draw upon.
Dr. Pavlovsky’s conducting endeavors took her to diverse places such as Israel, Canada, and United States where she has served as a guest conductor and associate conductor of university, community, and professional ensembles. She is the founder and music director of Palmetto Chamber Orchestra, consisting of a group of dedicated string educators from the Midlands, South Carolina, and Ensemble Ecelctica, a group that aims for interdisciplinary approach to aid music with different art forms. In addition to the symphonic staples, Maestra Pavlovsky’s conducting repertoire includes Pops, educational programs, contemporary compositions, and chamber music. Ms. Pavlovsky was twice a winner and a scholarship recipient of National Orchestral Conducting Competitions by America-Israel Cultural Foundation in Israel in 1993 and 1995. Her conducting teachers include international community of well-known conductors and educators such as Donald Portnoy, Neil Varon, William Winert, Leon Gregorian, Vag Papian, and Tak-Ng Lai. Her additional professional development includes but not limited to attending Conductors Institute in Columbia, SC, where she was an active participant of master classes, advanced conducting seminars and workshops with conductors Peter Jaffe, Maurice Peress, Diane Wittry, Paul Vermel, and composers Samuel Jones, and Russell Peck AND The Savvy Musician in Action, an immersive, experimental laboratory, designed for performing artists, educators, and administrators to develop invaluable success skills to generate most impact via 21 century artistic vision.
Dr. Pavlovsky’s broad interests combine both performance practice and music theory. One of her main theoretical research interests focuses on harmonic system of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin and its practical applications on the analysis of Scriabin’s music. The cross between the two disciplines resulted in a valuable project Ms. Pavlovsky undertook -- the transcription of Scriabin’s piano cycle Trois Morceaux, Opus 52 for string orchestra, thus making a clear connection between analysis and performance.
Dedicated to pedagogy, Ms. Pavlovsky feels equally comfortable at home not only on the podium, but also in the classroom with students. She has been passionately involved in teaching Conducting, Music Theory, Aural Skills, Improvisation, and Music Appreciation courses for many years. She was a recipient of Graduate Teaching Award at the Eastman School of Music and of Fellowship in Honor of Teaching Excellence at the University of South Carolina. Additionally, she received the William H. Nolte Teaching Award for outstanding teaching from the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2010.
Ms. Pavlovsky is affiliated with and an active member of the College Music Society and Conductors Guild professional organizations. She currently lives in Columbia, SC.