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Alumni in the News: Heartland Symphony Orchestra welcomes new conductor
Posted: July 31, 2013

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Heartland Symphony Orchestra announces its new conductor and music director, Sergey Bogza.

Bogza is a native of Taganrog, Russia, and has been living in the United States since 1995. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in music education from Portland State University, a Master of Music Degree in orchestral conducting from Central Washington University, and he is pursuing a Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Minnesota.

Sergey is equally at home in symphonic and operatic repertoire. He is a James Sample Conducting Fellow at the University of Minnesota where he conducts Campus Orchestras and Campus String Orchestra and serves as an assistant conductor for Opera Theater.

In addition, Bogza is in his second year as music director of Hyperion Singers, a Twin Cities based vocal ensemble specializing in music from the baroque and classical periods. Previously, Bogza was the artistic director and founder of the First Slavic Youth Orchestra, assistant conductor and graduate instructor at Central Washington University, guest master class teacher for Music in World Cultures, and has appeared extensively as a guest conductor, presenter and clinician in the northwest.

Bogza is also an internationally performed composer. With more than 40 compositions and arrangements for orchestra and chamber ensembles, his works most recently have been featured at the 21st International New Music Festival in Kazan, Russia. His new composition, “Remember,” for soprano and baritone solo, chamber choir and chamber orchestra, received its world premiere in May and has been scheduled for performances in both Germany and Russia by professional and educational institutions.

Bogza is working on a chamber version of Richard Strauss’ tone poem “Don Quixote” with performances scheduled for April 2014.

The Fall Concert Series will be Sergey’s debut concert conducting the Heartland Symphony Orchestra. “Americana” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Charles Martin Auditorium in Little Falls, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

Concert and ticket information for HSO’s 2013-14 season will be available starting Aug. 15 on HSO’s new website at Contact HSO for a free season brochure with concert descriptions and repertoire at 800-826-1997.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and a grant from the Laura Jane Musser Fund.