Guest Conductor, World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Interlochen Arts Camp
Director of Orchestral Studies, Lawrence University; Resident Conductor, Sewanee Summer Music Festival; former Music Director and Conductor, Interlochen Arts Academy
Octavio Más-Arocas was recently appointed Director of Orchestral Studies and Conductor of the Symphony and Opera Orchestras at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. In addition, he has been appointed Resident Conductor at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Previously, he served as Music Director and Conductor of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra for four years.
Chosen by Kurt Masur, Mr. Más-Arocas was awarded the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship in 2011. Consequently, he traveled to Europe and work as Maestro Masur’s assistant with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Helsinki Radio Orchestra and made his Leipziger Symphonieorchester conducting debut. The offer came after Mr. Más-Arocas 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, Mr. Más-Arocas won the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize awarded by David Zinman. He is the recipient of the Thelma A. Robinson Award from the Conductors Guild, a Prize Winner of the Third European Conductors Competition, and a winner of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain Conductors Competition.
Mr. Más-Arocas has conducted orchestra across North and South America and Europe including the Leipziger Symphonieorchester, the Orquestra Sinfônica da Unicamp in Brazil, the Spokane, Toledo, Phoenix, Memphis, Kansas City, and San Antonio symphonies, National Repertory Orchestra, Manhatan School of Music Symphony, Universidad Nacional de Mexico Philharmonic, Rosario Symphony in Argentina, Kharkov Symphony in Ukraine, National Youth Orchestras of Portugal and Spain, Pescara Symphony in Italy, Amsterdam Brass in Netherlands, and Ciudad Alcala de Henares Symphony.
In 2010 Mr. Más Arocas conducted the National Repertory Orchestra in several performances, and served as assistant conductor working closely with Leonard Slatkin. Other festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Sewanee Music Festival, the Campinas Music Festival in Brazil, and Interlochen, where he conducted both the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Interlochen Philharmonic. Mr. Más Arocas has also served as assistant conductor at the Madrid Royal Opera House and the Bowling Green State University Opera and leaded two national tours with the National Youth Orchestra of Portugal and served as member of the National Youth Orchestra of Spain conducting staff.
From 2008-2012 Mr. Más Arocas was Music Director and Conductor of the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestras. 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. Last March Mr. Más-Arocas leaded the IAA Orchestra on a tour that included stops in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Detroit and collaborations with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Más-Arocas studied conducting at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen with David Zinman and has worked with 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. Mr. Más-Arocas holds degrees from Bard College, the Accademia Musicale Pescarese in Italy, and pursued doctoral studies at Bowling Green State University with Emily Freeman Brown.