Alumni News: Hisham Bravo Groover Appointed GTCYS Philharmonic Conductor

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Hisham Bravo Groover (DMA, orchestral conducting, 2022) has been appointed the newest Philharmonic Conductor of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony! This fall, Groover joins GTCYS and School of Music Orchestral Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith and his team of talented conductors. 

Beginning this 2022-23 season, Hisham Bravo Groover will also serve as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. Hisham continues his role as Music Director and Conductor of the Buffalo Community Orchestra. This August, Hisham will compete as a semi-finalist in the 2022 Princess Astrid Music Competition in Trondheim, Norway.

Previously, Hisham had served as Assistant Conductor of the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre, as Associate Conductor of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic, Assistant Conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre, and as co-conductor for the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra.

As an educator, Hisham has worked as co-director of the Campus Orchestras at the University of Minnesota, as Adjunct Instructor at St. Cloud State University, as Adjunct Instructor and Conductor at Ripon College, Conductor at Arapahoe Community College, and was the conductor for the 2018 Colorado State University-Pueblo Honors Orchestra.

Aside from conducting, Hisham is also a violinist and has studied with several pedagogues, including Mark Rush, Michel Boris Zaitzeff, and Ching-Yi Lin. Additional violin studies have taken him to the New Zealand School of Music and to the summer orchestra festivals at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

To read more about GTCYS, visit their website.

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