Elijah Wirth is the director of the Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra, which he helped establish in 2008. He currently heads the Music Theory Department at the Preparatory, as well as the Wind, Brass and Percussion Academy. Wirth is also the ensemble director with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s ORCHKids program and was artistic director of the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra for 10 years. He has worked with ensembles in Venezuela, Scotland, and All-County Orchestras and Bands around the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. He is also a sought out adjudicator.
Wirth is an assistant professor and coordinator of music at Carroll Community College. At Carroll, he started the Carroll Opera program and the Westminster Symphony Orchestra, both community-based ensembles built to give amateur and student musicians in Carroll County opportunities to perform. He is also professor of tuba at McDaniel College.
Wirth received a Bachelor of Music degree in Tuba Performance from the Peabody Conservatory, studying with David Fedderly. He continued his studies at Peabody, earning master’s degrees in both wind conducting and music education under the direction of Harlan Parker.
Open to advanced wind, brass and percussion players, the Peabody Preparatory Wind Orchestra is the elite wind ensemble in Peabody’s Preparatory division.