Stan Schoonover has served for fourteen seasons as the founding conductor of the Fairfax Wind Symphony in Virginia. He retired from the Fairfax County Public Schools after thirty-two years of service to education, including eleven years as Music Supervisor. Ensembles under his direction have appeared at Mid-West Clinics, the National Concert Band Festival, National Music Clinics, and Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) conferences.
Schoonover received his B.S. Degree from Gettysburg College and a Master of Music degree from West Chester University. Postgraduate work has included study at the University of Virginia, George Mason University and the University of Michigan.
Schoonover is an active Past-President of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association (VBODA), a recipient of multiple Citation of Excellence awards from the National Bands Association, the 2006 VMEA Outstanding Administrator Award, and the 2012 VBODA Philip J. Fuller Award for sustained musical excellence. He is an elected member of the American Bandmasters Association.