Meet Assistant Conductor Stephen Czarkowski, a nationally recognized conductor, cellist and educator.
YSO Assistant Conductor

Stephen Czarkowski

Stephen Czarkowski is in demand as a conductor, cellist and educator in the Washington, D.C. area and nationally. Currently in his eighth year as Assistant Conductor of the York Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Czarkowski is beginning his eleventh season as Music Director and Conductor of the Apollo Orchestra, Resident Conductor of the Luzerne Music Center, Associate Conductor of Opera Camerata of Washington and Music Director and Conductor of the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra.

Stephen Czarkowski


He led The National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. as part of the 2003 National Conducting Institute directed by Leonard Slatkin. Other guest conducting appearances include the Honolulu Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of the Potomac, Washington Sinfonietta and Prince George’s Philharmonic.

Mr. Czarkowski is also an active cellist. He has performed as a Special Guest Artist with the Library of Congress Chorale, and performed in concert for President Obama, Vice President Pence and Pope Francis.

He graduated from The Catholic University of America with a Graduate Artist Diploma in Orchestral Conducting, and Mannes College of Music in NYC with a Bachelor and Double Master degree of Music in ‘Cello and Orchestral Conducting. For more information please visit