Dr. ARTURO ORTEGA
Dr. Arturo Ortega has been hailed as one of the most dynamic conducting talents of his generation, garnering 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, which regularly hosted international conductors and soloists that soon became mentors of his young but prodigious talents. He then went to study at the University of North Texas College of Music with the world-renowned conductor Anshel Brusilow, former Concertmaster of the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras and Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and was soon invited with full scholarship to the prestigious Pierre Monteaux School for Conductors in Hancock, Maine. Arturo then earned master 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, and 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 been Music Director of acclaimed productions of Les Miserables, West Side Story, and other musical theatre productions. A sought-after adjudicator and mentor of young artists, he is a frequent guest-clinician and conductor of all-region and all-state orchestras and choirs throughout the United States. He also coaches emerging musicians in audition, recital and concert preparation, and is a frequent audition panelist throughout the United States. As civic leader, Dr. Ortega has served on Executive Boards of the Fort Worth YMCA, the Denton Bach Society, and Denton Community Theatre, and currently serves on the Executive Board of AIM Music & Arts in Colorado.