Christian Standridge - Orchestra Manager
It was not until the age of 16 that Christian Standridge began his musical studies with Karen Basrak (now a cellist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
After playing cello for only four years, he entered the Cleveland Institute of Music on a scholarship, where he earned his Bachelor's degree with Merry Peckham. After graduation, he moved to Berlin where he is currently studying with Martin Löhr, principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic.
Christian Standridge has also ben principal cellist with the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin, the Berlin Opera Academy, the Cleveland Opera Theater, the National Orchestral Institute.
Christian is fluent in many foreign languages, enjoys traveling and reading scholary journals.
This passion introduced him to Dr. phil. Alexander Saier, formerly a research assistant at the UDK in Berlin.
Christian Standridge has worked sporadically since 2018 and regularly since 2021 with Saier's initiative "Jugend Dirigiert".
In 2022, Dr. Saier appointed him first solo cellist and orchestra manager, as well as artiistic coordinator at the Hauptstadt-Sinfonieorchester and the "Jugend dirigiert"- initiative.
Franziska Scheffter - Social Media Manager / Public Relations / Accounting
Born in Berlin and raised in the state of Brandenburg. Franziska discovered her passion for sports - especially dressage riding - as a child. She came to “Jugend Dirigiert” through Alexander Saier and was immediately fascinated by the parallels between the world of conducting and the world of riding. It is the "non-verbal" communication between horse and man as well as conductor and orchestra that sets the decisive pace. Scheffter, who studied communications management and trained as an industrial clerk (BSP - Business & Law School), has been working for “Jugend Dirigiert” for six years now and is responsible for online marketing and general back office, among other duties. Scheffter worked in the fashion industry during her school and university years and developed her creative eye during that time, making her the perfect person for all questions regarding corporate design.