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Director of Orchestral Activities

Instructor of Cello


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.

Dr. Petrosyan has conducted concerts with symphony and chamber orchestras in Armenia, Europe, the United States, and Canada. In 2001, he founded the prizewinning “Scherzo” Youth Chamber Orchestra in his hometown of Yerevan; and in 2005, when he came to the U.S., founded the Pro Musica Ensemble in Lansing.

As a cellist, Suren 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 has played with several Symphony Orchestras including 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 taught cello since 2006. Dr. Petrosyan has also served on the teaching faculty of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

Dr. Petrosyan currently serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Mason Symphony Orchestra in Michigan in addition to his appointment as Director of Orchestral Activities and Instructor of Cello at Arkansas State University. 

Suren Petrosyan

Contact Information

P: (870) 680-8082
F: (870) 972-3932


Building: Fine Arts Center
Room: 134