Minor - Music Director
Eugene Minor, music director of the Bergen Youth Orchestra, is a native of Los Angeles, where he studied and began his professional career. He helped found the Los Angeles Savoy-Artes Opera Company, where he served as general artistic director and conductor for five years. In addition to his conducting activities, he has composed five symphonies, a piano concerto, and several vocal works. His opera, Thespis, a reconstruction of the lost opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, was given its premiere in Los Angeles. His most ambitious work, Requiem: In Memoriam Dimitri Shostakovitch for soloists, chorus, children's choir and large orchestra was premiered by Bergen Youth Orchestra and is published by Kalmus. He has appeared as guest conductor of the New Haven Symphony and the Orchestral Society of Philadelphia. He twice has been given grants by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. In addition, he has received grants from the American Music Center. Mr. Minor has studied with William Smith, associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has served as assistant conductor of the Trenton Symphony, guest conductor of the New Jersey All-State Orchestra, the New Jersey Regional Orchestra and the New York All-County and Area All-State Orchestras. In addition to his musical activities, he has stage-directed numerous theatrical productions.