The Wind Ensemble Conducting program at NEC was the ideal challenge and inspiration to me as a master’s student, and Charles Peltz was a dedicated and insightful teacher. He opened my eyes to new repertoire and better rehearsal techniques, and helped me to improve my weaknesses. Boston is nothing short of a musical playground. I took advantage of Boston Symphony performances as much as possible, and went to every contemporary music concert I could find. I was surrounded by world-class musicians—faculty, professionals and fellow students—and that environment pushed me to perform my absolute best. No other wind ensemble conducting program can offer NEC’s combination of a wonderful teacher, a great conservatory and a cosmopolitan musical scene like Boston’s. I’m always proud to say I graduated from NEC.
Jayce Ogren completed New England Conservatory's Master of Music degree in Wind Ensemble Conducting in 2003.
Recently named Artistic Director of Orchestra 2001 in Philadelphia, Ogren has conducted in a wide variety of settings worldwide, from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to Ensemble Intercontemporain.