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Now in his 19th season of exceptional music-making with the Orchestra of Indian Hill, Bruce Hangen is known for his ability to make music come alive. He is also Director of Orchestral Activities at The Boston Conservatory, serving as principal orchestral conductor and director of conducting programs. A frequent guest conductor of the country’s leading orchestras, from New York to Dallas, Hangen led the Boston Pops in almost 300 performances in the last 30 years, and most recently served as Principal Pops Guest Conductor. Guest appearances have also taken him to Canada, Japan, Albania, Taiwan, and New Zealand. Hangen was formerly affiliated with the Portland (ME) Opera Repertory Theatre as its founder and Artistic/General Director from 1995-2003. He was also Music Director of the Omaha Symphony (1984-96) and Music Director and Conductor of the Portland (ME) Symphony (1976-86), among several other posts. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Hangen was a conducting fellow at the BerkshireMusicCenter at Tanglewood for two summers where his teachers included Gunther Schuller, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Bruno Maderna, and Joseph Silverstein. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from University of New England in 1981 and was the recipient of the ICAN Foundation of Omaha’s 1990 Browning Award for Career Excellence and Vision. Hangen was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and raised in Great Falls, Montana.
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