Artistic Director & Conductor
Gregory Lauer, a native of York, Pennsylvania, is the owner of Lauer Music Studios with locations in Pennsylvania & Maryland. Mr. Lauer is also the Executive Director & Founder of the Hunt Valley Symphony & Chorale in Hunt Valley, Maryland. Mr. Lauer also serves as Director of Music and Organist at Faith Lutheran Church in Hunt Valley, MD. Mr. Lauer has a B.A. in Music from Fairmont State University with the majority of his training received at West Virginia University majoring in horn performance. Mr. Lauer has studied horn with Dr. Virginia Thompson, Dana Metheny, Dr. Carrie Strickland, Beth Lucas, and Mary Bisson (BSO). He studied piano with concert pianist Paul Zeigler and Randall Yoder, and organ with Pamela Singley and Janis McCauley.
As a hornist, Lauer has performed with many orchestras, including the WVU Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Hanover Symphony, Fairmont Symphony, York College Symphony, and many more.Greg’s musical gifts have given him opportunities to perform in London, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Hawaii as well as across the United States including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He currently freelances and plays horn with several regional orchestras.
Mr. Lauer also has served as adjunct faculty at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Mr. Lauer has also had a successful and extensive career in the musical theatre serving as music director, conductor, and pianist for over 50 local and regional productions.
Mr. Lauer has had great success with his private studios with many of his students in piano, horn, and voice competing and placing at local, regional, and national competitions
Founder & Executive Director
Gregory Metzler is the Conductor & Music Director of the Hunt Valley Symphony. Greg received his degree in Viola Performance from Towson University where he studied viola with Sherrie Norwitz and chamber music with Cecylia Barczyk. He has been an active violist in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. areas, performing with the Columbia Orchestra, and as Principal Violist of the Londontowne Symphony and the Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra.
Performing on viola has taken him to diverse venues, ranging from the Lyric Opera House to the Creative Alliance in Baltimore. Mr. Metzler is a member of the Castaglia String Quartet and the Concord Ensemble.
His conducting experience began with the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, at which time he studied conducting under Angelo Gatto, himself a student of Victor de Sabata.
Greg continued his conducting career serving as Assistant Conductor with the Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra for three years. He has also held duties as a church organist and choir director in the Baltimore area. Mr. Metzler is a Strings specialist in Anne Arundel County Public Schools and maintains a private studio for violin and viola students.
Conductor & Music Director