Kathleen Beckmann is the artistic director and conductor of the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra. She has conducted The Sinfonia Bucuresti in Bucharest, Romania in performance at the Centrul National De Arta "Tinerimea Romana”. During the 2010-2011 season, Beckmann was a guest conductor for the Kharkiv Philharmonic in Kharkiv, Ukraine. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the Crane School of Music and received the Crane Merit Award in Education. Beckmann completed her Masters Degree in Music Performance at SUNY Fredonia. In addition to studying conducting with David Rudge at Fredonia, she was selected for the National Orchestra Conducting Seminar at the University of Wisconsin with David Becker; and for the London Conducting Workshop under John Farrer and Neil Thomson at the Royal College of Music. She also has studied The Celibidache Technique with Florin Totan, principal conductor of the Valcea Philharmonic.
Kathleen Beckmann recently retired from the position of orchestra director at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, New York. During her tenure as teacher and conductor, the orchestra received Gold and Gold with Distinction awards from the New York Music School Music Association (NYSSMA) and performed in school concerts. The orchestra under her leadership also performed in concerts and competitions in Baltimore, Montreal, Providence, Rhode Island, and venues closer to home including New York City and Albany.
From 1994-98, Beckmann served on the executive board for the National School Orchestra Association in New York State and was the editor for the publication Orchestrations. During this time, she also conducted the NYSSMA Directors Orchestra and the Saratoga/Warren All County High School Orchestra. In retirement, she continues to work in the field of education as a certified adjudicator for NYSSMA, as a conductor for the Dutchess County Music Educators Association (DCMEA), and has been selected on an annual basis since 2003 for Who’s Who in American Education. She lives with her husband in Wappingers Falls and enjoys traveling to visit family and friends.