Artistic Director and Conductor, OYO
Jeffrey Grogan is an internationally-acclaimed conductor and teacher, dedicating more than 25 years to nurturing musical excellence among young musicians. He has served as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician for many prestigious national and international events: invited by the LA Philharmonic to conduct alongside Gustavo Dudamel and Michael Morgan at Disney Hall, a part of the National Take A Stand Festival; the Honor Orchestra of America sponsored by Music for All; the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center; and the Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall. Recent international work includes conducting festivals at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland, and venues in Bangkok, Thailand, and Singapore. Mr. Grogan has also conducted numerous all-state orchestras and bands throughout the US. He is a Master Educator for the Yamaha Corporation of America. He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic and Music for All. Mr. Grogan is also Artistic Director of Orchestras for Perform International, combining his passion for travel and music to help ensembles plan their domestic and international tours.
Grogan is currently Director of Orchestral Activities and Professor of Music at the Wanda L. Bass School of Music and Artistic Director of the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras. 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. His youth orchestras have performed to capacity crowds at some of the greatest concert halls in the world and he has appeared as a guest conductor at many universities and with professional orchestras throughout the US.
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.
Mr. Grogan is founding Artistic Director of two El Sistema inspired music programs in New Jersey: the Paterson Music Project (PMP) in Paterson and the NJSO CHAMPS in Newark, which currently serve more than 500 students. Prior to his work on the east coast, 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.