Combining passionate music making with thoughtful scholarship, Randall Stewart is in his second season as the Music Director of the D.C. Chamber Orchestra. He previously served as the Associate Conductor of the Columbia Orchestra and Music Director of the Baltimore Sinfonietta. His past guest engagements have included the Catholic University Symphony Orchestra, Anne Arundel Community College Orchestra, and the D.C. Youth Orchestra Program.
As a conductor, Stewart is an strong advocate for creative programming that emphasizes American works. He has led performances of Copland's Appalachian Spring and Our Town, Ives' Three Places in New England, and William Schuman’s New England Triptych, as well as works created for American institutions like Bloch’s Concerto Grosso No. 1. In the coming season he will conduct works by Samuel Barber and Howard Hanson.
Stewart has applied his scholarly approach equally in opera, and his performances of L'incoronazione di Poppea and The Merry Widow have been warmly received by the Washington press. He has also led performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Le Nozze di Figaro, and Die Zauberflöte for coópera (New York City). His musical theater work includes Sweeney Todd and The Music Man.
An active teacher and freelance performer, Stewart directs the Music Department at the SEED School of Maryland, a public, college-preparatory boarding school in Baltimore. He is a bass-baritone soloist at Temple Oheb Shalom and St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Baltimore, and also works as a freelance trombonist.
Maestro Stewart has studied with Gustav Meier, Kenneth Kiesler, Dan Lewis, and David Searle. He holds a D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting from The Catholic University of America.