The Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra is a community orchestra located in Willmar, Minnesota and includes musicians from Willmar and surrounding towns. The orchestra has gained a reputation of excellence while providing enjoyable, challenging, and fun concerts. Their concerts are held in the Willmar Education and Arts Center in Willmar, Minnesota.
Do you want to play with us? We rehearse weekly on Tuesdays and have a dress rehearsal on Saturdays, from 9:30 until noon the day before each concert . We can always use more players, especially strings!
The 2014-2015 schedule will be posted at a later date. Stay tuned!
Watch one of our numbers recorded at the Sergey Bogza concert in Feb.
Sergey Bogza, conductor
We are excited to announce Sergey Bogza as our new director for the Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra.
Russian-American conductor Sergey Bogza is a dynamic and sensitive sought-after conductor, equally at home in symphonic and operatic repertoire. Mr. Bogza is the Music Director and Conductor of Heartland Symphony Orchestra, Hyperion Singers, and most recently has been appointed as Music Director and Conductor of Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra.
Previously, Mr. Bogza was a James Sample Conducting Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Artistic Director and founder of the First Slavic Youth Orchestra, assistant conductor and graduate instructor at Central Washington University, guest masterclass teacher for Music in World Cultures. Mr. Bogza has been invited to conduct The Berlin Sinfonietta at the International Masterclasses Berlin, II International Conductors Masterclass “El Escorial”, Academy of Advanced Conducting, The International Conductors’ Festival (Ukraine), Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Masterclass, has been chosen to conduct public performances of the B minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio at the Oregon Bach Festival and has appeared extensively as a guest conductor, presenter, and clinician in the Northwest.
In addition to Mr. Bogza’s work on the podium, he is also an internationally performed composer. With over 40 compositions and arrangements for orchestra and chamber ensembles, his works most recently have been featured at the 21st International New Music Festival “Европа-Азия” in Kazan, Russia. His new composition Remember for soprano and baritone solo, chamber choir and chamber orchestra, has received its world premiere in May 2013 and has been scheduled for performances in both Germany and Russia. On April 2014, Mr. Bogza’s chamber orchestra arrangement of Richard Strauss’ tone poem Don Quixote for 17 players received three performances and he is working on similar arrangements of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche.
Trained as a pianist and equally comfortable in the opera pit, Mr. Bogza has been involved in conducting workshops of two new American operas, Sister Carrie and Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern by Grammy Award-winning composers Robert Aldridge and Hershel Garfein. In April of 2013, Mr. Bogza conducted the University of Minnesota Opera Theater and Orchestra in four performances of Benjamin’s Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (act II) and in November 2014 conducted four performances Bedřich Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. Mr. Bogza has served as an assistant to Mark Russell Smith at University of Minnesota Opera Theater mainstage productions of Mozart’s Così fan Tutte, Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff, and Leoš Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
As a passionate and experienced music educator, Mr. Bogza strives to find innovative ways to educate and bring classical music to young people and local schools, establish lasting relationships, and develop partnerships within the community. In 2012, in collaboration with the Hyperion Singers and Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, Mr. Bogza conducted benefit concerts for local organizations and schools featuring the music of J.S Bach and Handel. In 2010, during his second year at Central Washington University, in collaboration with faculty and staff, Mr. Bogza co-conducted/organized sold-out outreach and fundraising concerts that were broadcast live on CWU public TV and Cable Channel 15. Mr. Bogza has been the president of Oregon’s Collegiate Chapter of National Association for Music Education and currently serves on the board of directors for the New Song School of Music.
Mr. Bogza is a native of Taganrog Russia and has been living in the United States since 1995. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Portland State University, Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Central Washington University, and a Doctoral of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from University of Minnesota.
Season Tickets for all four concerts are available;
- Adult/Senior $32
- Family Pack 2 adults and unlimited number of children $90
- Students 12-22 $15
The Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra is a 501 (C) (3) non profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible.