Dr. Sergey Bogza is in his second year as the Conductor of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra and faculty member at Millikin University. He is the winner of the 2016 International Conductors Workshop and Competition and has been selected as Music Director finalist with Symphonicity (Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach). Dr. Bogza has collaborated with Mikhail Yanovitsky, Gabriel Cabezas, Kate Liu, Music Saint Croix and a guest conductor appearance with the Gwinnett Symphony Chamber Orchestra. Previous posts include: Artistic Director of Mesabi (MN) Symphony Orchestra, Willmar Area Symphonic Orchestra, Heartland Symphony Orchestra, Hyperion Singers, Moscow Ballet, The Alabama Ballet, Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the University of Minnesota and Central Washington University, and Conductor for Music in World Cultures. Dr. Bogza has conducted The Berlin Sinfonietta, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music orchestras, and was selected to conduct Discovery Series Concerts at the Oregon Bach Festival.
Dr. Bogza earned the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota, where he served as Assistant Conductor for the University Symphony Orchestra, University Opera Theatre, and co-led the Campus Orchestras program. In 2014, Dr. Bogza conducted the workshop premiere of two American operas, “Sister Carrie” and “Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” by Grammy award-winning composers Robert Aldridge and Hershel Garfein. He has earned a degree of Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Central Washington University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from Portland State University.
In addition to his work on the podium, Dr. Bogza is an internationally performed composer. With over forty compositions and arrangements. His works have been performed across the United States and featured at the New Music Festival in Kazan, Russia. His Doctor of Musical Arts dissertation centered on transcribing Richard Strauss’ “Don Quixote” for a chamber orchestra of seventeen players along with extensive educational materials.