NEW PROVIDENCE — The Board of Trustees of New Jersey Youth Symphony (NJYS) has appointed Jeffrey Grogan as Artistic Director effective July 1.
Grogan joined NJYS nearly a year ago as Music Director and Conductor of the Youth Symphony, NJYS’s most experienced and prestigious orchestra. As Artistic Director, Grogan will be responsible for all artistic staff and artistic programming at NJYS.
Board President Cindy McCollum said, “Jeff Grogan has earned respect from the New Jersey Youth Symphony’s Board of Trustees who unanimously support his well-deserved promotion to Artistic Director. We recognize how Jeff has promoted NJYS and increased our visibility in the music community and brought newfound energy and respect among the students, the conductors and operations staff. We are extremely proud to have Jeff represent NJYS.”
Grogan’s appointment will be integral to the upcoming combination of two of New Jersey’s largest music education organizations NJYS and Judith G. Wharton Music Center (WMC). NJYS and WMC expect to combine as one non-profit charitable organization this July to take advantage of governance and administrative synergies.
“Jeff played a pivotal role in paving the way for our two organizations to work with each other and coordinate their activities for their mutual benefit,” said acting Executive Director Derek Mithaug. “We all are very excited about all the possibilities that will be open to us as one music education organization.”
In addition to his position with NJYS, Grogan is in his sixth season as the Education and Community Engagement Conductor for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra where he leads the NJSO in a variety of concerts each season. Grogan considers his work with young musicians as one of the cornerstones of his career. He serves as Conductor and Artistic Director of the Greater Newark Youth Orchestras and InterSchool Orchestras of New York. In addition, he spends a large portion of each season working with school music programs, festivals, and conducting All-State Orchestras throughout the country.
Prior to his appointment with the NJSO, Grogan was Director of Orchestras and Associate Professor at the Ithaca College School of Music in New York. In addition to leading Ithaca’s graduate orchestral conducting program, he took the orchestra to its Lincoln Center-Avery Fisher Hall debut and led the ensemble in its most recent concert programs in the United Kingdom. Grogan was previously on the faculty at the University of Michigan and Baylor University. He taught public school in the Desoto Texas Independent School District in Texas. 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.
The New Jersey Youth Symphony is home to one of the foremost youth orchestras in New Jersey and draws students from around the state. NJYS provides talented young musicians with orchestral and related musical education experiences that enable them to reach their highest potential as performers and listeners. Its orchestras include the Youth Symphony, Youth Orchestra, and Philharmonia. Sinfonia, an advanced strings orchestra, the Percussion Ensemble, Flute Forum, Flute Choir, Junior Strings and Preparatory String Ensemble, and Junior Winds round out NJYS ensembles. A non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, NJYS is located at 570 Central Avenue in New Providence. For more information, visit www.NJYS.org.
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