Director: Philip Bauman
About the Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra is a mixed group of instrumentalists consisting of student and community members and is open to all from high school to adult ages. The ensemble performs both traditional literature for small orchestra/chamber music from the 1600s through the 20th century as well as less traditional chamber orchestra styles such as jazz, contemporary classical, theater and film music. All instrumentalists interested in an eclectic mix of styles and time periods are encouraged to contact the instructor and join.
About the Director:
Recognized by critics as offering “tremendously sensitive direction” and being “a gifted and spirited conductor,” Philip Bauman currently serves as music director of the Michigan City Messiah, conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra and the South Suburban College Orchestra in addition to conductor of the COD Chamber Orchestra. He is frequently hailed for his innovative programs and consistently captivating performances. A passionate advocate for music education, Mr. Bauman has dedicated much of his career to exploring music with young people through educational concerts and work with youth orchestras.
During his successful 24 year tenure at the La Porte County Symphony, he was credited with significantly raising the orchestra’s artistic level, spearheading a resurgence in the educational programming and more than doubling the audience. Through his work with Chicago Opera Theater, The Opera Factory, da Corneto Opera, Light Opera Works and the Jarvis Conservatory, Mr. Bauman has gained a reputation as a highly respected conductor of the stage. In the Chicago area he has served as music director and conductor of The Opera Factory (IL), the Chicago Brass Choir, the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra, associate conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony and for 13 seasons, associate conductor of the Elgin Symphony where he conducted over 100 performances. He also served as director of orchestras at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park (IL). He holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in music theory from Western Michigan University.