This year’s conductor is Maestro Jeffrey Grogan.
MoASTA is pleased to announce this year’s All State Orchestra Conductor, Maestro Jeffrey Grogan.
Jeffrey Grogan is an internationally-acclaimed conductor and teacher, currently serving as Director of Orchestral Activities at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. During the summers, he is invited by the LA Philharmonic to conduct alongside Gustavo Dudamel at Disney Hall, a part of the Youth Orchestras of Los Angeles National Festival. Grogan was scheduled to appear at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and the Beethoven 2020 Festival in Vienna last summer prior to the virus outbreak. Recent work includes conducting at the Sydney Opera House, Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland, and in Bangkok and Singapore. Grogan serves as a Master Educator for the Yamaha Corporation of America and also on the Advisory Committees of the Midwest Clinic and Music for All. Following his passion for performing and helping to create new music for orchestras, he has collaborated with many composers such as Lowell Liebermann, Michael Colgrass, Eric Whitacre, Steven Stucky, and Scott McAllister–as well as soloists Richard Stolzman, Stefan Hoskuldsson, Julian Schwarz, and the Canadian Brass. Grogan worked in the studio and on several projects with violinist and composer Mark O’Connor. Grogan recorded O’Connor’s March of the Gypsy Fiddler with the Ahn Trio and New Jersey Youth Symphony on OMAC Records, which is played on classical music radio throughout the country. He previously served eleven seasons as Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and as Conductor and Artistic Director of the NJSO Youth Orchestras, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York, and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. He was founding Artistic Director of two El Sistema inspired programs in New Jersey, CHAMPS and the Paterson Music Project. Grogan taught for over a decade at the University of Michigan, Ithaca College, and Baylor University. He is also the former Associate Director of Bands and Marching Band Director at the University of Michigan and Baylor University.
Maestro Grogan has chosen the following literature for the Missouri All State Orchestra:
Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, movements I, II, and IV
Of Our New Day Begun by Omar Thomas