Conductor, Interlochen Philharmonic, Interlochen Arts Camp
Director of Orchestras, Ithaca College
D.M.A., Contemporary Music, Orchestra Conducting (in progress), Bowling Green State University; M.F.A., Orchestra Conducting, Bard College; Diploma, Orchestra Conducting, Accademia Musicale Pescarese, Pescara, Italy; M.M., Trumpet, Conservatorio Superior de Musica, Valencia, Spain
Octavio Más-Arocas is a versatile and dynamic conductor whose achievements demonstrate his talent and musicianship. Más-Arocas is the Conductor of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin, and Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor of Conducting at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music. Previously, Mr. Más-Arocas was the Director of Orchestral Studies and Opera Conductor at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, Director of Orchestras at the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy, and Resident Conductor at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. While holding these positions, in 2013 he was the Resident Conductor of the Unicamp Symphony Orchestra in Campinas, Brazil, where he also was Visiting Professor of Conducting at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas. Mr. Más-Arocas continues serving as conductor at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in the summers.
Mr. 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.
Chosen by Kurt Masur, Mr. Más-Arocas was awarded the coveted Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship working as Maestro Masur’s assistant with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Helsinki Radio Orchestra. An alumnus of the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, Mr. Más-Arocas won the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize, awarded by David Zinman and he is also recipient of the Thelma A. Robinson Award from the Conductors Guild, Prize Winner of the Third European Conductors Competition, and a winner of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain Conductors Competition. Among others, Mr. Más-Arocas studied conducting with David Zinman, Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, Emily Freeman Brown and Harold Farberman.