HSO welcomes Sergey Bogza as its new conductor

Sergey Bogza
Sergey Bogza

Heartland Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has a 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 doctorate of musical arts degree at the University of Minnesota.

“I’m excited to be selected as the new music director and conductor of the Heartland Symphony Orchestra,” said Bogza. “And I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to embark on a musical journey with its musicians, audiences, community members, volunteers, supporters and donors. HSO is a unique ensemble with a rich history in community investment, collaborations, and presentation of high level classical concerts.

“I’m confident that we will achieve new heights as we continue to uplift, inspire, and educate our audiences through passionate and sincere music making,” said the new conductor.

Recommended highly as a sensitive and sought-after conductor, Bogza 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, 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.

In addition to Bogza’s work at the podium, he is also an international-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, has received its world premiere in May and has been scheduled for performances in both Germany and Russia by professional and educational institutions.

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

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

Concert and ticket information for HSO’s 2013-14 season will be available starting Aug. 15 on HSO’s website at www.heartlandsymphony.org. Contact HSO for a free season brochure with concert descriptions and repertoire at 1 (800) 826-1997.

This activity is made possible through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council and a grant from the Laura Jane Musser Fund.