Artistic Directors
Without music, life is a mistake.” – Carl Nietzche

Guillermo Figueroa
violin, viola, conductor
Music Director
Since 2007, Figueroa has delighted audiences as Festival Music Director and Conductor. He was recently appointed Principal Conductor of the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Music Director of the Lynn Philharmonic at the prestigious Lynn Conservatory in Florida.  Previously, he served as Music Director and Conductor of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra for ten seasons, and is also the former Music Director of the Puerto Rico Symphony. He has appeared as guest conductor with the symphony orchestras of Detroit, New Jersey, Memphis, Phoenix, Iceland, and Mexico, working with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, Placido Domingo, and Pepe Romero.  Figueroa is a renowned violinist and violist.  He was a founding member of the world-renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and for ten years was the concertmaster of the New York City Ballet.  Figueroa has given the world premieres of four violin concertos written for him.  His recording of Ernesto Cordero’s violin concertos received a Latin Grammy nomination in 2012.  Hailing from Puerto Rico’s most distinguished musical family, he studied at the Conservatory of Music in San Juan and at The Juilliard School.  
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Gregory Hustis
Festival Artistic Director
Hustis has been the Festival Artistic Director and Chamber Music Director since 2007, overseeing the Festival’s programming and artists.  He launched imaginative programming and many sold-out performances.  Hustis was the principal horn player in the Festival’s orchestra from 1988 – 2013.  Additionally, he was principal horn with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1976 – 2012.  Hustis teaches horn at Southern Methodist University, where he received the Meadows Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995. Prior to joining the Dallas Symphony, he was the principal horn of the Hamilton Philharmonic in Ontario, Canada.  As an internationally-known soloist, chamber music player, and recording artist with numberous solo and chamber music CD’s, he appeared internationally and performed with Bravo! Vail, the Sarasota Music Festival, Mainly Mozart in San Diego, the Santa Fe Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival.  He also serves as Wind Ensemble Director and University Orchestra Director at the University of Texas-Dallas.  Recently he was appointed Music Director of the Metropolitan Winds, a civic wind ensemble in Dallas.  He is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Mischa Semanitzky
Founder and Conductor Laureate
In 1987, Semanitzky founded the Festival with five chamber concerts and 11 musicians. He nurtured the Festival’s growth and became Conductor Laureate after the 21st season.  By that time, the Festival had grown to 41 chamber, orchestral, and conservatory concerts with more than 250 musicians.  In 1999, he launched the year-round Music in the Mountains Goes to School program for elementary and secondary school students in the Four Corners region. He made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1972 and served as Concertmaster of the Nashville Symphony, Assistant Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Music Director and Conductor of the Pittsburgh Ballet and Les Grands Ballet Canadians of Montreal. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Yale and his doctorate from Columbia. He was an Emeritus member of the Festival's Board of directors. He passed away in Phoenix, AZ, December 3, 2017.