Dr. ARTURO ORTEGA
Dr. Arturo Ortega - Music Director
Hailed as one of the most dynamic conducting talents of his generation, Dr. Arturo Ortega has garnered accolades on the world’s most venerable concert stages. Making his debut at 19, his earliest training was in his hometown with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra. This led him to the San Antonio Symphony, where international conductors and soloists hosted by the ensemble soon became mentors of his young but prodigious talent.
Ortega attended the University of North Texas College of Music. There he studied with the world-renowned conductor Anshel Brusilow, former Concertmaster of the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras and Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Soon he was invited to the prestigious Pierre Monteaux School for Conductors in Hancock, Maine on a full scholarship.
Ortega earned master's and doctoral degrees in conducting from UNT under Brusilow’s tutelage and now enjoys collaborations with some of the world’s most celebrated international orchestras, choruses, and solo artists. He has conducted many world premiere performances, including a sold-out New York City premiere that included Arnold Schoenberg’s infamous and iconic Pierrot Lunaire under the auspices of the Schoenberg family. Before completing his studies he was named semi-finalist for an Assistant Conductor position with the Chicago Symphony, one of the world’s foremost orchestras.
Locally, he is Music Director of the Robson Ranch and Voices of Flower Mound choirs, and has directed acclaimed productions of Les Miserables, West Side Story, and other musical theatre productions. A sought-after adjudicator and mentor of young artists, Ortega is a frequent guest-clinician and conductor of all-region and all-state orchestras and choirs across the country. He also coaches emerging musicians in audition, recital, and concert preparation, and is a frequent audition panelist throughout the United States. As a civic leader, Dr. Ortega has served on the executive boards of the Fort Worth YMCA, Denton Bach Society, and Denton Community Theatre, and he currently serves on the Executive Board of AIM Music & Arts in Colorado.