Dr. Suren Petrosyan holds degrees in Orchestral Conducting and Cello Performance from Michigan State University and the Yerevan State Conservatory. Originally from Armenia, he began music lessons at the age of five and has dedicated his life to music as an active cello performer, teacher, and conductor. As a cellist, he has won numerous competitions and awards, and has performed throughout the United States, Armenia, and in Europe, including performances in France, the Netherlands, and Russia, and most notably at the Bach International Festival in Leipzig. He is an active performer and serves as Principal Cello of the Delta Symphony. He has also played with the Jackson, Texarkana, and Arkansas symphonies, the Lansing, Jackson, Alma, and Midland Symphonies in Michigan, as well as with the Sioux City Symphony and the Omaha Symphony. As a teacher, Dr. Petrosyan has extensive experience both in Armenia where he received the special award “Best Teacher of the Year,” and at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp where he has conducted youth orchestras, faculty ensembles, the Blue Lake Opera, and Festival Orchestra, and taught cello since 2006. Dr. Petrosyan currently serves as Director of Orchestral Activities and Instructor of Cello at Arkansas State University.