JAYCE JOHN OGREN (b 1979 )
Jayce John Ogren is a published composer whose music has been premièred at venues including the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music, the Brevard Music Center, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the American Choral Directors Association Conference, and the World Saxophone Congress. He has written two major works for band, and one major work for orchestra. His momentous piece titled Symphonies of Gaia has been performed by ensembles on three continents and serves as the title track on a new DVD featuring the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra. In addition to his success as a composer, Ogren is building a reputation as one of the finest young conductors to emerge from the United States in recent seasons. He recently finished his tenure as assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and as music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, having been appointed by Franz Welser-Möst. In May 2009, Ogren made his subscription début with The Cleveland Orchestra. Ogren has made key débuts including the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grand Rapids Symphony, the New York City Opera, the Canadian Opera Company, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, and with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra where he conducted works by Haydn, Ligeti, and Beethoven. He made his New York début in the 2007–2008 season in two programs with the International Contemporary Ensemble under the auspices of the Miller Theater, resulting in a re-invitation the following season. A native of Hoquiam, Washington, Ogren previously served as a conducting apprentice with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, working with chief conductor Alan Gilbert. Aided by a US Fulbright Grant, Ogren completed a postgraduate diploma in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden. In the United States, he has appeared with the New World Symphony, Boston’s Callithumpian Consort, the Harvard Group for New Music, and the New England Conservatory Opera Theater.
Ogren received a bachelor’s degree in composition from St. Olaf College in 2001 and a master’s degree in conducting from the New England Conservatory in 2003. He has been invited to participate in conducting courses and masterclasses in both the US and Europe, including two summers at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen. His principal teachers include Steven Amundson, Jorma Panula, Charles Peltz, and David Zinman.