Music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston since 2018 and of Festival Theater Hudson since 2021, Elias Miller has established a reputation as a leading young conductor and orchestra builder. Recent highlights include a series of outdoor concert cycles with the Apollo Ensemble, a performance with the Pro Arte Orchester in Vienna, Austria, and a staged production of Wagner’s Die Walküre (Act I) and the U.S. premiere of Ittai Shapira’s Magyar: Concerto for Two Violins with FTH. During the past year, Miller also served as a cover conductor for Gemma New with the Minnesota Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and David Alan Miller and Erina Yashima with the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
An active conductor of opera and oratorio, Miller led the Harvard Early Music Society in several premieres of works between 2016 and 2019. These productions included the Boston premiere of J.A. Hasse’s Alcide al Bivio in collaboration with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, the North American premiere of Telemann’s 1745 Johannespassion, a production that featured famed countertenor Charles Humphries and earned Miller an enthusiastic preview in the Boston Globe, and the North American premiere of J.A. Hasse’s Sanctus Petrus et Sancta Maria Magdalena. Miller has also conducted performances of operas by Gluck (Orfeo ed Euridice, indepedent opera production), Stravinsky (The Rake’s Progress, Harvard College Opera), William Grant Still (Minette Fontaine, graduate students at the University of Michigan), and Gilbert & Sullivan (Ruddigore, Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players). Other ensembles he has conducted in the past include the University of Michigan’s Symphony, Philharmonia, and Campus orchestras, the Ann Arbor Camerata, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra Chamber Players, The Weston Wind Quintet & Friends, the Medomak Festival Orchestra, and the Chromos Collaborative Orchestra. Miller has also served as the assistant conductor for Opera Saratoga, the Boston Chamber Symphony, and Harvard College Opera.
A distinguished pianist and cellist, Miller has performed solo recitals in the United States and in Europe and has served as a vocal coach and rehearsal pianist for many operatic productions. He holds degrees from Harvard University (A.B. in Music, summa cum laude) and the University of Michigan (M.M. in Orchestral Conducting) and recently completed his postgraduate studies at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Wien. Miller’s mentors include Mark Stringer, Kenneth Kiesler, Federico Cortese, Laurie Rogers, and his father, David Alan Miller.
Michael Tabak, Co-Founder & Orchestra Manager
Michael Tabak studied flute, theory, and ensemble at the Juilliard School of Music Preparatory Division where he was rated “Exceptional” by the woodwind faculty jury and was principal flute and soloist multiple times with the orchestra. He has been principal flute of orchestras including the National High School Symphony at Interlochen, the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, the Fine Arts Symphony, the Boston Chamber Symphony, the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and others. An avid chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Weston Wind Quintet, the Atrium Winds, and the Aujourd’hui Ensemble. He has displayed a talent for assembling orchestras and chamber music groups from scratch. While in high school, he organized and was flutist of the Long Island Wind Quintet, whose oboist became principal oboe of the Munich Philharmonic and whose clarinetist became principal clarinet of the Atlanta Symphony. He recruited the members of the Boston Chamber Symphony from its inception in 2012 through 2016, and has recruited the members of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston since its inception in 2018. He often expands his chamber music groups to play pieces for larger ensembles. Live recordings of many of those concerts are available, free of charge, at https://soundcloud.com/wwq/sets.
Dorisiya Yosifova, Director of Marketing and Community Relations
Born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, Dorisiya Yosifova is a Boston based violinist and Violin/Viola instructor. Dorisiya enjoys a vivid career as a performer and a teacher. She can be found concertizing regularly as a solo, chamber music, and orchestra musician at local venues, such as King’s Chapel, Wellesley Public Library, and the Arts Complex Museum, among others. Dorisiya plays as Principal Second Violinist with the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and has also played in the Cape Ann Symphony Orchestra as a section member and the Lowell House Opera in Cambridge as concertmaster. In addition to her performing, Dorisiya is also an enthusiastic violin and viola pedagogue. Dorisiya currently teaches violin and viola at the Boston School of Music Arts in Dorchester, MA and the First Presbyterian Church in South Boston. She is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the Maud Powell String Institute in Medford, MA, which will officially launch in Fall of 2020. Dorisiya’s pedagogy teachers include Mimi Zweig (Indiana University), Darcy Drexler (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and Rictor Noren (Boston Conservatory at Berklee) with whom she worked very closely as his Teaching Assistant shortly after graduating from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Dorisiya holds a Master of Music degree from Boston Conservatory at Berklee (‘2017) and a Bachelor’s of Music Degree from Oberlin Conservatory (‘2015). Her primary teachers include Gregory Fulkerson, Marilyn McDonald and Rictor Noren.