Musician Bios

The Musicians of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra are performers, teachers, artists, parents, grandparents, volunteers, community leaders, neighbors and friends. Meet them here!


Jaap van Zweden

Music Director
Louise W. & Edmund J. Kahn Music Directorship

Over the last decade, conductor Jaap van Zweden has become an international presence on three continents.  This season marks a major milestone as he completes his ten-year tenure as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and simultaneously is Music Director Designate in New York, anticipating his inaugural season (2018-19) as the 26th Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. He continues as Music Director of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, a post he has held since 2012.  Highlights of the 2017-18 season include return engagements to the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Jaap van Zweden has appeared as guest conductor with many other leading orchestras around the globe including the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna and Berlin and Munich Philharmonics, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. READ FULL BIO


Ruth Reinhardt

Assistant Conductor

Ruth Reinhardt is Assistant Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO), where she recently gave her critically acclaimed subscription debut stepping in to replace Stanislaw Skrowaczewski on short notice in a concert selected by the Dallas Morning News as one of the year's highlights. Ruth conducts a wide variety of the DSO's extensive concerts and programs, including its contemporary alternative ReMix Series, regular subscriptions for DSO on the GO programs performed in neighboring cities and communities, as well as concerts during DSO's innovative Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music and Arts Festival.  READ FULL BIO


Jeff Tyzik

Principal Pops Conductor
Dot & Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor's Podium

GRAMMY® Award-winner Jeff Tyzik is one of America's most innovative and sought-after pops conductors. Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. Tyzik holds The Dot & Paul Mason Principal Pops Conductor's Podium at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and also serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Oregon Symphony and The Florida Orchestra. This season, Tyzik will celebrate his 22nd season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. READ FULL BIO

Joshua Habermann

Chorus Director
Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director Chair

The 2016/17 season marks Joshua Habermann's sixth year as Chorus Director in the Jean D. Wilson Chorus Director Chair of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, the official vocal ensemble of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Habermann is also Music Director of The Desert Chorale, a professional chamber choir based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Prior to his DSO appointment, Habermann was assistant conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. READ FULL BIO



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Staff Keyboard

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, Junior Group and Innovators Chair