The appointment, effective in September, is for a one-year term, renewable for one or two further seasons. As assistant conductor to music director Franz Welser-M‹st, Ogren will conduct education and family concerts, Christmas concerts, and part of a Blossom Festival concert.
Ogren is a native of Hoquiam, Washington. He currently serves as a conducting apprentice with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, working with chief conductor Alan Gilbert. As a Fulbright scholar Ogren recently completed a postgraduate diploma in orchestral conducting at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Sweden.
In Sweden, Ogren has conducted the orchestras of G‹vle, Helsingborg, and Norrk‹ping; the SAMI Sinfonietta; the Swedish National Orchestra Academy; and Stockholm's Opera Vox. He has also conducted Finland's Vaasa City Orchestra. In the United States, he has appeared with the New World Symphony, Boston's Callithumpian Consort, the Harvard Group for New Music, and the New England Conservatory Opera Theater.
Ogren received a bachelor's degree in composition from St. Olaf College in 2001 and a master's degree in conducting from the New England Conservatory in 2003. His principal teachers have been Steven Amundson, Jorma Panula, Charles Peltz, and David Zinman. He is also a published composer.