Proudly PA | Tony award winning Musical Director says there is no place like Harrisburg
HARRISBURG, Pa. —
Harrisburg Symphony Musical Director Stuart Malina has been conducting the Harrisburg symphony orchestra for the past 19 years. He has worked with many famous musicians and actors, but says Harrisburg is his favorite place to call home.
Stuart Malina has been playing music almost his entire life.
"I started playing the piano when I was five years old and got really involved in music in middle school from when I learned that I could site read at the piano,” said Harrisburg Symphony Musical Director Stuart Malina.
By the time Malina graduated high school, he had already directed music for a dozen shows.
“I was planning to be a math major. That shifted very quickly and I became a music major. Senior year, I decided I wanted to be a conductor,” said Malina.
One of Malina’s biggest breaks came when he won a Tony award alongside the Piano Man himself, singer-songwriter Billy Joel.
“Oh and this was me and Billy. I was much younger then, as was Billy, and this was right after we got our award backstage”, said Malina.
The award was for best orchestration.
“To say it was anything but a life-changing experience would be an understatement because it really did change a lot of things in my life”, said Malina.
After years of Broadway shows and even a small stint as an actor at the Kennedy Center, Malina settled here in Harrisburg with his family.
“This is my 19th year with the Harrisburg symphony and it’s been a very happy 19 years”, said Malina.
He says the city of Harrisburg offers him a quality of life he would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in the country.
“The central answer to why I stay in Harrisburg is because I am incredibly satisfied here. We have a really magnificent orchestra made up of elite musicians from all over the north east coast and all over the country”, said Malina.
“Most importantly for the last 19 years, I’ve been home when my kids get home for the most part,” said Malina.