Steven Bathory-Peeler is delighted to be the music director for the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra. He brings his years of experience conducting, composing, and teaching to the PVSYO. Steven is a 24-year resident of Franklin County, and apart from his role as Youth Orchestra Conductor, he works as Director of Orchestras and Concert Band at Northfield Mount Hermon School where he has held the position since 1997.

Steven began his conducting career in 1992 when he served as assistant conductor for the Boston Civic Symphony and New England Conservatory Opera Department. Conducting teachers have included: Jeffrey Rink, Michael Jinbo, and Glen Adsit. Steven holds a DMA in composition from the University of Hartford, an MMus in voice from New England Conservatory, and a BMus in voice from Indiana University. He undertook further study at the Pierre Monteaux School for Conductors and the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Steven also served as the assistant conductor for the PVS during the 2001-2002 and 2002-2003 seasons.

Steven has been recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers as an emerging composer with awards given in 2001 and 2002. In addition to the general duties of the music director of the PVSYO, Steven is excited to teach members of the orchestra about giving back to the community and how to become a positive role model for others. Steven lives in Gill, with his wife Megan and two children, Ella and Quinn.