Cornelia Laemmli Orth was appointed Music Director of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in June 2016, to succeed Lanfranco Marcelletti.
She is also in her ninth season as music director of Symphony of the Mountains. In addition to their Masterworks Series, she developed new series of Summer Outdoor Concerts, Family, Young People, Pops, Patriotic and Cross-Over concerts. She has worked frequently with world-renowned soloists and is an advocate for contemporary music.
Her concert lectures, involvement with area schools, colleges and universities, speeches for clubs and civic organizations, regular TV and radio appearances and collaborations with regional art organizations have made her a vital part of the community.
During the 2014-15 Season, Ms. Orth had her debut as guest conductor with the Asheville Lyric Opera in Asheville, NC. From 2010-12, she worked as interim music director for the Appalachian Philharmonic and the Appalachian State University Opera Program in Boone, NC. Prior to her engagement with Symphony of the Mountains, Maestro Orth held the position of music director and conductor of the Oak Ridge Symphony and Choir.
She served as Associate Conductor and later Principal Guest Conductor of the Knoxville Symphony from 2002-2008 and is now a regular guest conductor with this orchestra. In Europe, she was music director of the Operetta Theatre in Moeriken, Switzerland, guest assistant conductor under Philippe Jordan at La Scala in Milano, Italy, worked with the Bohuslav Czech Republic, and conducted many concerts with choirs and ad hoc orchestras with musicians from the Zurich Opera House and the Tonhalle Orchestra.
Cornelia Laemmli Orth received her Lehrdiplom in piano from the Conservatory at Winterhur and graduated from the Conservatory and University in Zurich with her Masters in Music Education and Choral Conducting. She obtained her Masters in Orchestra Conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied under Victor Yampolsky. In a variety of workshop settings, she studied under Larry Rachleff, Marin Alsop, Joann Falletta, Robert Spano, Kirk Trevor, Tsung Yeh, Milen Nachev and Johannes Schlaefli.
Ms. Orth convincingly combines the classical-romantic tradition of her old world origins with the unique American flavor that her international background and extensive working experience in her adopted country has provided her.