About the Conductor
MICHELE DILUZIO began her musical career at age 10 when she taught herself how to read music and play the trumpet.
Over her career, she has become a published music composer and arranger, and has experienced many facets of music including,
orchestra, jazz, dixieland, big band, steel drums, choral, music theory and private lessons. Trumpet is her major instrument,
however, she also plays flugelhorn, baritone and percussion.
Michele was one of 13 musicians who formed
the Hernando Symphony Orchestra in 1982. She was the orchestra's Principal Trumpeter from 1982-2014, and Assistant
Conductor from 2000-2014 before becoming the Conductor at the start of the 2014-15 season. In addition, she plays frequently
in churches, is a pit musician for various theater organizations, and is one of the founding members of the Nature
Michele has been conducting handbell choirs since 1993, and is currently the founder and director
of the community handbell group, NATURE COAST HANDBELLS, and has been employed with the Hernando County School District since
Michele is delighted to begin her third season as Conductor of the
Hernando Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys working with their talented musicians and looks forward to another exciting