2014 National Orchestra Honors Project

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Jeffrey Grogan

Jeffrey Grogan has served as the Education and Community Engagement Conductor of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) since 2006 leading NJSO in a variety of concerts each season. His humanistic approach to leadership, 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. Grogan also serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Greater Newark Youth Orchestra, the InterSchool Orchestras of New York and the New Jersey Youth Symphony. In addition, Grogan was recently appointed Artistic Director of two El Sistema inspired music programs; the Paterson Music Project in Paterson, New Jersey sponsored by the Wharton Music Center and the NYSO launched C.H.A.M.P.s (Character, Achievement and Music Project) in Newark, New Jersey.

Grogan considers his work with young musicians to be the cornerstone of his career. He has served as adjudicator, conductor, and clinician for several prestigious national festivals including the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center, the Honors Performance Series Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, and Music for All. His work with schools in New York City has been made possible through the Tony Bennett Foundation, “Exploring the Arts.” He has also conducted numerous all-state orchestras throughout the US including his home state of Texas as well as performances with the Little Orchestra Society of New York, and the Reno Philharmonic, among others. Furthermore, he has participated in the prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview—a showcase appearance with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra—sponsored by the League of American Orchestras.

Grogan graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Music Education where he was named outstanding music alumnus in 2004. Additionally, he holds a Master of Music in Conducting/Horn Performance from the University of Michigan. Prior to moving to the New York Metropolitan Area, Jeffrey Grogan was on faculty at the University of Michigan, Baylor University and Ithaca College where he was Associate Professor and Director of Orchestras. His earliest teaching experience was in the public schools of Desoto Independent School District in Texas. Grogan is extremely grateful to the awe-inspiring teachers he has learned from throughout his life including Charles Gavin, Gary Lewis, H. Robert Reynolds, Gustav Meier, Larry Rachelff, Don Schleicher, Carl St. Clair, and John Whitwell.