Our Music Director

Ruth H. Erbe is an active violinist, conductor and educator in the Northern Virginia area. She studied violin with Vernon Summers and Luis Haza of the National Symphony Orchestra and Herbert Greenberg of the Baltimore and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. Ms. Erbe’s conducting credits include studies with Robert Page, Keith Lockhart, Anthony Maiello, Joel Lazar and Markand Thakar.

Ms. Erbe pursues an active freelance career and is a member of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in Hagerstown, Md. With the MSO, Ms. Erbe performed for many years under the baton of famed French horn instrumentalist and conductor Barry Tuckwell and currently for Elizabeth Schulze. She has performed concerts with the Richmond and Fairfax Symphony Orchestras, Washington Sinfonietta, Manassas Ballet as well as for many chamber ensembles and orchestras formed specifically for concerts, church services, weddings and other occasions.

Ms. Erbe maintains a home music studio where she teaches private violin and viola lessons. Many of her young students have found success in their school orchestras and beyond. Her adult students enjoy improving their skills and working with challenging and inspiring music.

In 2008, Ms. Erbe was appointed as the first music director and conductor of the Washington Metropolitan Concert Orchestra, serving through 2018. She successfully built the WMCO from a small string ensemble into a full symphony orchestra, and was instrumental in the development of hundreds of young musicians. As a youth growing up in the Northern Virginia area, Ms. Erbe performed in the Mount Vernon Junior Chamber Orchestra, the precursor of the Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.

Ms. Erbe graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where she earned a bachelor’s degree in music performance.

Ms. Erbe’s passion for music, her understanding of music-making from a player’s point of view and her comprehensive knowledge of the orchestral repertoire come through in her exciting and diverse programs. In addition, she serves as a devoted and enthusiastic advocate for music education for all ages.


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