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, and is a pit musician for various theater organizations. Currently she plays trumpet with the
Nature Coast Brass Quintet and the Florida Jazz Express.
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 1982.
Michele is delighted to
begin her fourth season as Conductor of the Hernando Symphony Orchestra. She enjoys working with their talented
musicians, interacting with the patrons and looks forward to another exciting season.