University Orchestra Conductors

Tamara Dworetz is pursuing a Masters in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Texas at Austin where she is Co-Conductor of the UT University Orchestra and Assistant Conductor for the Austin Symphony under Peter Bay. She serves as Cover Conductor for the UT Symphony Orchestra under Gerhardt Zimmermann and assists and conducts staging rehearsals for UT Butler Opera Center productions.

This year, Tamara participated in the International Conducting Workshop and Festival in Bulgaria with Larry Rachleff and Donald Schleicher, and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra’s Conducting Masterclass with MSO Chief Conductor, Arthur Arnold. Tamara has guest conducted the Indiana University Brass Choir, Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy (PRISMA) Brass Ensemble and UT Symphony Orchestra and led rehearsals for the DeKalb Symphony Orchestra and Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra. She has had the opportunity to work with musicians from the Netherlands Philharmonic, Bulgaria’s New Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver, Victoria, Austin and Moscow Symphonies.

Previously, Tamara was the Director of Orchestras at Lakeside High School, and the Philharmonia Conductor for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Atlanta.  Tamara holds a Masters in Music Education from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Music Education from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.  



Paul Anders Grobey is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Texas. Under the tutelage of Gerhardt Zimmermann, Paul serves as music director of the UT University Orchestra and assistant conductor to the UT Symphony. Additionally, Paul is an assistant conductor with the Austin Symphony Orchestra, and serves as an associate choral conductor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in east Austin.

Originally hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Grobey’s musical studies began at age nine with instruction in piano and violin. He holds degrees in violin performance and orchestral conducting from, respectively, the University of North Texas and Ithaca College. In addition to his continued activities as a violinist and conductor, Paul is also a composer and student of music theory.

Paul’s conducting teachers have included Jeffery Meyer, Jonathan Pasternack, Martin Majkut, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and he has participated in masterclasses with such renowned figures as Larry Rachleff, Carl St. Clair, Neil Varon, Kenneth Woods, and others. His violin studies were completed under the tutelage of Julia Bushkova.

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Gerhardt Zimmermann
Professor of Instrumental Conducting

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