is the Music Director and Conductor of the Reading Symphony Orchestra (RSO)
based in Reading, Massachusetts. His appointment in 2014 heralded a new era of dynamic, innovative, and experiential music-making in the Greater Boston area.
George Ogata was the Conductor of the Longy Youth Chamber Orchestra (LYCO) for
the 17 years, building the senior youth orchestra program at Longy
School of Music of Bard College into an esteemed ensemble in the Greater
Boston area. After his appointment in 1996, Mr. Ogata took LYCO on acclaimed tours
worldwide, with successful visits to France, Finland, Spain, Austria,
Czech Republic, Washington, D.C., and Canada. In the
2006-2007 season, he served one year as the Conductor of the Honors
Chamber Orchestra of the Nashoba Youth Orchestra. In 2013, Mr. Ogata founded the Senior Orchestra of the Massachusetts Youth Symphony Project (MYSP) at Powers Music School and led the ensemble for two years.
Along with his history of fostering the area’s finest youth musical
talent, in 1995, George Ogata founded the MIT Summer Philharmonic
as its Music Director and Conductor. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary season, MITSPO has been the preeminent summer community orchestra for two decades. Made up of top musicians of the MIT community and
the general Greater Boston area, MITSPO hosts a single concert event
every summer. In 2009, MITSPO was invited to participate in the
Landmarks Festival at the Shell series and make its debut at the Hatch
Shell at the Boston Esplanade. MITSPO is sponsored by MIT Professional Education
George Ogata graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and minor in music. His
violin teachers included Richard Gordon, Dale King, and Robert Koff.
Mr. Ogata studied conducting with James Yannatos, and he was selected
to participate in master classes with Michael Charry, Gunther Schuller,
Brian Priestman, and Lawrence Leighton Smith. In addition to his
chamber music experience at MIT, Mr. Ogata was Concertmaster of the MIT
Symphony Orchestra for seven years.