About the Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra
The Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra [MDSO] of Decatur, Illinois, has a long tradition and is unique in combining of faculty, community and students in its body. It is a rich educational tool for the music faculty to have available so students can become a part of such a group early in their training. Each string student at the university is required to play in the Orchestra and the other instruments are used as needed and space allows.
Since the founding of the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur the Orchestra has had only 3 conductors! The current season is Dr. Bogza’s first year as MDSO conductor. Each conductor has done much to promote and grow the Symphony. Of course having the wonderful hall like Kirkland has added much to the enjoyment of both musicians and audience. Before Kirkland, the concerts were held in the Masonic Temple auditorium.
About the Maestro
Dr. Sergey Bogza will assume leadership of the MDSO at the beginning of the fall 2016 semester following the retirement of Dr. Michael Luxner, who has served as conductor since 1996.
A native of Taganrog, Russia, he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Minnesota, Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Central Washington University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Portland State University.
From the Podium:
On behalf of the orchestra, it is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-2017 season of the MillikinDecatur Symphony Orchestra! It is truly an honor to be given the chance to lead the MDSO and I look forward to working with such an enthusiastic ensemble and its terrific audience. I extend a heartfelt thank-you to all who have supported the orchestra throughout the years, and welcome those who are joining us for the first time.
In planning my first season, my sincere hope is to establish and deepen my relationship with the community, audience, and the orchestra. It became clear to me that the only way to do this, is to listen to my heart and program masterworks that have inspired my life as a musician from my childhood in Russia, to my current good fortune in working with passionate musicians in Illinois.
I believe that in perusing this season’s concerts, you will find novelty and familiarity, lightness and complexity, and enough good reasons to become a regular at the symphony. I believe that this is only the beginning, and the possibilities ahead of us are very thrilling to me.
See you at the Symphony!
Sergey Bogza, Conductor and Music Director