Teresa Metzger Howe has been the conductor of Rain City Symphony since January 2003. She is also the Music Director of Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra and conductor of BYSO's Youth Symphony. Teresa was a frequent guest conductor of operas and musicals at Shoreline Community College. She has conducted BYSO's Premiere Orchestra, Pontiac Bay Symphony Orchestra, the University of Washington Symphony Orchestra, the University of Washington Summer Orchestra, Lakeside Orchestra, and the Rose City Chamber Orchestra among others.
Her opera credits include Puccini's Suor Angelica, Bizet's Carmen, Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffman, Lehar's The Merry Widow, and Mozart's The Magic Flute. She has also music directed over 50 productions of stage musicals and cabarets in professional theaters throughout the United States.
Teresa has studied and worked closely with several of today's leading conductors, including Peter Eros, David Hoose, Ken Kiesler, Ken Woods, and Christopher Zimmerman.
Teresa received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Washington, a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from Butler University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Theory from Manchester College.
Awards received include the Morrison Conducting Fellowship at the University of Washington and the Murl Barnhart Award at Manchester College.
An avid teacher, Teresa maintains a private piano studio in her home. She served as BYSO's Education Director and is a member of the Pontiac Bay Symphony Orchestra Advisory Board. She is married to the artist Philip Howe.