Our Team

Elias Miller, Co-Founder & Music Director

Elias Miller

Founder, Music DirectorElElllllElias MMusic director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston since 2018, Elias Miller has established a reputation as one of Boston’s leading young conductors and orchestra builders. The past year has seen Miller work with several other ensembles including the University of Michigan’s University Philharmonia and Campus Philharmonia orchestras, the Ann Arbor Camerata, and the Weston Wind Quintet & Friends among others. An active conductor of opera and oratorio, Miller conducted several important premieres of works with the Harvard Early Music Society between 2016 and 2019. These productions include 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. In other independent productions, Miller has also conducted performances of operas by Gluck, Stravinsky, and William Grant Still. Other ensembles he has conducted in the past include the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra Chamber Players, the Chromos Collaborative Orchestra, the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and Harvard College Opera. Miller has also served as the assistant conductor of the Bost        Music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston since 2018, Elias Miller has established a reputation as one of Boston’s leading young conductors and orchestra builders. The past year has seen Miller work with many other ensembles as well including the University of Michigan’s University Philharmonia, University Symphony, Campus Symphony, and Campus Philharmonia orchestras, the Ann Arbor Camerata, the Weston Wind Quintet & Friends, and the Harvard Early Music Society (HEMS). An active conductor of opera and oratorio, Miller conducted several important premieres of works with HEMS 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. In other independent productions, Miller has also conducted performances of operas by Gluck, Stravinsky, and William Grant Still. Other ensembles he has conducted in the past include the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra Chamber Players, the Chromos Collaborative Orchestra, the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players, and Harvard College Opera. Miller has also served as the assistant conductor of the Boston Chamber Symphony. Miller will serve as the assistant conductor for productions of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Lembit Beecher’s Sky on Swings at Opera Saratoga this summer before he returns to Boston to lead three concert cycles with the Apollo Ensemble.


       A distinguished pianist and cellist, Miller graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude in 2016 after transferring there from the New England Conservatory/Tufts University Dual Degree Program. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in orchestral conducting at the University of Michigan where he studies with Kenneth Kiesler. Miller’s past conducting teachers include his father, David Alan Miller, conductor of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, and Federico Cortese, conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra.

      

Michael Tabak, Co-Founder & Orchestra Manager 

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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 

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       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. 

 

Maren Kuzmak-Carlson, Administrative Intern and Cover Conductor

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       Maren Kuzmak-Carlson graduated from Glastonbury High School in 2019 with Honors. She is currently a second year studying music at The University of Manchester in the United Kingdom. Maren has been involved in musical ensembles from a young age, even having the opportunity to conduct some, including assistant directing the pit orchestra of her high school drama club’s production of Guys and Dolls. She was a participant of Kenneth Kiesler’s 2018 conductor’s retreat at Medomak. In August of 2018, Maren founded the non-profit Movement for Music to help inner city children gain access to musical instruments. Alongside this, she taught voice, piano, and music theory lessons throughout her senior year of highschool. In the future, Maren hopes to pursue a masters and doctoral degree in conducting.