Education & Community Engagement Conductor
Artistic Director, NJSO Youth Orchestras
Applauded for performances “high in energy, with close attention to ebb and flow,” New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Education & Community Engagement Conductor Jeffrey Grogan is hailed as an innovative musical leader. His humanistic leadership style, 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. Known for “shrewd programming, skillful rehearsing and an energized performance,” Grogan participated in the prestigious Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview—a showcase appearance with the Nashville Symphony—sponsored by the League of American Orchestras.
Grogan considers his work with young musicians to be one of the cornerstones of his career. He is conductor and Artistic Director of the NJSO Youth Orchestras, InterSchool Orchestras of New York and New Jersey Youth Symphony. Last season, his youth orchestras performed to capacity crowds at Carnegie Hall and the Musikverein in Vienna.
He has been appointed Artistic Director of two El Sistema-inspired music programs—NJSO CHAMPS (Character, Achievement and Music Project) in Newark and the Paterson Music Project sponsored by Wharton Music Center.
Grogan has served as adjudicator, conductor and clinician for prestigious national festivals including the National Orchestra Cup at Lincoln Center, Honors Performance Series with the National Youth Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and Festival Disney in Orlando. He recently led teacher-training workshops for the New York City Board of Education and through Tony Bennett’s foundation Exploring the Arts. He has appeared as a guest conductor at the University of Georgia, Indiana University, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes School of Music Pre-College Division. Grogan has conducted all-state orchestras in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas and Washington. He conducts numerous regional orchestras and festivals and has conducted performances with the Little Orchestra Society of New York, Reno Philharmonic, Adelphi Chamber Orchestra and New York Concerti Sinfonietta.
Prior to moving to the New York Metropolitan Area, Grogan was on faculty at the University of Michigan, Ithaca College and Baylor University. He taught public school in the Desoto (Texas) Independent School District. 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. In 2004, he was named Outstanding Music Alumnus for Stephen F. Austin State University.