Youth Symphony

Applauded for performances “high in energy, with close attention to ebb and flow,” American conductor Jeffrey Grogan is hailed as a musical leader who “knows what kind of sound he wants from an orchestra:” ”rich and vibrant”. His humanistic leadership style, coupled with a strong command of skills as a musical communicator, has earned him an impressive reputation with audiences and music programs throughout the country. Known for “shrewd programming, skillful rehearsing, and an energized performance,” In 2009, Mr. Grogan was chosen to participate in the prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview sponsored by the League of American Orchestras.

Mr. Grogan joined New Jersey Youth Symphony as its Music Director in 2011. As Conductor of its premiere orchestra Youth Symphony, Mr. Grogan has led the orchestra through a metamorphosis that has seen it grow and mature into one of the most musically engaging youth orchestras in the country. In addition to its seasonal concert performances, Youth Symphony has performed at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria and Carnegie Hall in New York City during Mr. Grogan’s tenure.

Considering his work with young musicians to be one of the cornerstones of his career, Mr. Grogan also serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Greater Newark Youth Orchestras and the InterSchool Orchestras of New York. Most recently, Mr. Grogan has been selected as Artistic Director of two El Sistema-inspired music programs: the Paterson Music Project in Paterson, New Jersey sponsored by Wharton Music Center and one in Newark, New Jersey launched by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Grogan has served as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician for several prestigious national festivals including the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center, the Honors Performance Series National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and Festival Disney in Orlando, Florida. He recently led teacher-training workshops for the New York City Board of Education and through the Tony Bennett Foundation “Exploring the Arts.” He has appeared as a guest conductor at the University of Georgia, Indiana University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Mannes School of Music Pre-College Division. Mr. Grogan has conducted all-state orchestras including Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina, and Texas. He conducts regional orchestras in cities throughout the United States.

As Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 2006, Mr. Grogan leads the NJSO in a variety of concerts each season. He has also conducted performances with the Little Orchestra Society of New York, the Reno Philharmonic, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Concerti Sinfonietta of which a music critic stated, “Maestro Grogan was an ideal partner. Under his direction, orchestra and soloist rose to a glorious culmination in the last movement, glowing with passionate fervor evocative of Scriabin’s orchestral masterwork, “Poem of Ecstasy.” The performance was deservedly greeted by cheers from the capacity audience.”

Prior to moving to the New York Metropolitan Area, Mr. Grogan was on the faculty at the University of Michigan, Ithaca College, and Baylor University. He taught public school in the Desoto (Texas) Independent School District. Mr. Grogan graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Music Education and holds a Master of Music in Conducting/Horn Performance from the University of Michigan. In 2004, he was named Outstanding Music Alumnus for Stephen F. Austin State University.

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