California’s Monterey Symphony hires Jayce Ogren as music director

Posted on: June 13, 2022

“The Monterey Symphony celebrates the conclusion of its 75th season with the appointment of Jayce Ogren as its new music director,” writes Barbara Rose Shuler in Wednesday’s (6/8) Monterey Herald (CA). “He brings a reputation as one of this country’s finest young conductors. Ogren, 43, led the orchestra in an exhilarating program in May as the last of the four conductor candidates competing for the position…. The new music director is poised to expand the concert reach and profile of this outstanding orchestra, to create collaborations with contemporary artists and develop greater educational opportunities for young people. He brings innovative artistic vision to the Symphony’s subscription series and other musical offerings…. He is described as a leader in breaking down barriers between audiences and great music. Among the distinguished orchestras he has conducted are the BBC Symphony, Boston Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, the Dallas, San Jose and San Francisco Symphonies, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra…. Concertmaster Christina Mok, the lead musician on the nine-member search committee, says … ‘With Jayce, we felt the way he led the orchestra was very organic, almost effortless. He just made things work.’ ”