S. Mordecai Fuhrman
Conductor, composer, arranger, percussionist, and timpanist S. Mordecai Fuhrman, a Wilmington native and veteran of the Newark Symphony Orchestra from 1997 to 2012, is a graduate of the University of Delaware, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the University of Denver Lamont School of Music. Fuhrman has conducted and performed with the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra (Denver, CO), Center City Opera Theater (Philadelphia, PA), and the Cleveland Pops Orchestra (Cleveland, OH), in addition to the NSO, where he directed the inaugural Family Series performance in 2010. Founder of the Reading Orchestra of North Wilmington, Fuhrman received a Bachelor of Music in Percussion/Timpani at the University of Delaware where he studied with Harvey Price and won the University of Delaware Concerto Competition in 2007, performing Eric Bryce’s Concerto for Marimba/Vibraphone and Orchestra with the University of Delaware Symphony. He has studied conducting with NSO Music Director Emeritus Roman Pawlowski, Carl Topilow, Michael Adelson, Donald Schleicher, Ronald Zollman, and Lawrence Golan. In August 2013, Fuhrman led members of the Kiev Chamber Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine in a performance of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring as part of the U Artist Music Festival. In his spare time, he enjoys looking upward and inward, playing video games, and learning as much as he can about everything.