Conservatory of Music

From Bach to Broadway

Octavio Más-Arocas

Director of Orchestral Studies

Director of Symphony Orchestra

Doctoral studies, Bowling Green State University
M.F.A., Bard College
Artist Diploma, Accademia Musicale Pescarese, Italy

Octavio Más-Arocas is a versatile and dynamic conductor whose achievements demonstrate his talent and musicianship. Más-Arocas is the new Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor of Conducting at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music. In addition, he is the Resident Conductor at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival and, this year, he is the Conductor of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin, for their final season. Previously, Más-Arocas was the Director of Orchestral Studies and Opera Conductor at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music for two years and, before that, he was Director of Orchestras at the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy for four years. In addition to these positions, last year he was the Resident Conductor of the Unicamp Symphony Orchestra in Campinas, Brazil, where he also was a visiting professor of conducting at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas and he continues his association as guest conductor at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Chosen by Kurt Masur, Más-Arocas was awarded the prestigious Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship. Consequently, he worked as Maestro Masur’s assistant with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Helsinki Radio Orchestra, and made his German conducting debut with the Leipziger Symphonieorchester. The offer came after his New York debut concert sharing the podium with Maestro Masur and the Manhattan School of Music Symphony.  

An alumnus of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Más-Arocas won the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize in 2008 awarded by David Zinman. He is also recipient of the 2007 Thelma A. Robinson Award from the Conductors Guild, a Prize Winner of the 2005 Third European Conductors Competition and a winner of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain Conductors Competition. In June 2012, selected by the League of American Orchestras, Más-Arocas conducted the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra in a showcase event during the League’s National Conference in Dallas.

In the last few years Más-Arocas has conducted orchestras across North and South America and Europe including the Leipziger Symphonieorchester in Germany; the Orquestra Sinfônica da Unicamp in Brazil; the Green Bay, Fort Worth, Spokane, Toledo, Phoenix, Memphis, Kansas City, and San Antonio Symphonies; the National Repertory Orchestra; the Manhattan School of Music Symphony; the World Youth Symphony Orchestra; the Interlochen Philharmonic; the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Philharmonic; the Rosario Symphony in Argentina; Kharkov Symphony in Ukraine; the National Youth Orchestras of Portugal and Spain; the Pescara Symphony in Italy; the Amsterdam Brass in the Netherlands and the Ciudad Alcala de Henares Symphony.

From 2008-2012 Más-Arocas was Director of Orchestras at the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy. His performances with the IAA Orchestras have been featured on National Public Radio and streamed online. At Interlochen he collaborated with such outstanding and diverse musicians as Leonard Slatkin, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, cellist Joshua Roman, Philadelphia Orchestra’s tubist Carol Jantsch, the trio Time for Three, and the Latin band Tiempo Libre. In March 2012, he lead the IAA Orchestra on a very successful national tour that included stops in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Detroit.

In 2010, Más-Arocas was assistant conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra, which he conducted in subscription, family and pops concerts. Other festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Festival Internacional Carlos Gomes in Campinas, Brazil, the Interlochen Music Festival and the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music. As the Resident Conductor at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival he works with the Festival, Symphony, and Cumberland Orchestras.

Más-Arocas has served as assistant conductor at the Madrid Royal Opera House. He lead two national tours with the National Youth Orchestra “Templarios” of Portugal, served as member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain conducting staff, was assistant conductor of the Bowling Green Philharmonia and was a regular guest conductor of the BG New Music Ensemble. He was also Music Director and Conductor of the award winning Silleda City Wind Ensemble with which he recorded and toured internationally.

Más-Arocas studied conducting at the prestigious conducting program of the Aspen Music Festival, studying under David Zinman and Murry Sidlin. He has also worked with other leading conductors and teachers such as Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Christoph Eschenbach, James Conlon, James DePreist, Jesús Lopez-Cobos, Gustav Meier and Larry Rachleff. He holds degrees from Bard College, Accademia Musicale Pescarese in Italy, Valencia Conservatory in Spain and has pursued doctoral studies at Bowling Green State University with Emily Freeman Brown.



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