Music’s Agüero receives career opportunity grant

Contact: Tara M. Gregg

Héctor Agüero is one of 22 Oregon artists to receive this funding from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Assistant Professor Héctor Agüero in the Department of Music has been awarded a Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission that will further his professional development and artistic growth as both a conductor and educator.

With this grant, Agüero will accept an invitation from the New Jersey Youth Symphony to guest conduct their advanced full orchestra during the spring 2018 season — an opportunity to share his expertise and rehearse his podium skills with approximately 100 student musicians. Agüero will gain feedback from the esteemed leadership of the New Jersey Youth Symphony and exchange pedagogical strategies with fellow conductors.

While in the region, Agüero will observe the artistic practices of some of the world’s greatest musical organizations and conservatories, including the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, Juilliard School and Manhattan School of Music. He will attend rehearsals and engage with leaders in the region’s artistic network to become familiar with national trends in orchestra conducting, which he will apply to his teaching and conducting at Willamette.

About the award: The Oregon Arts Commission seeks to enhance the quality of life for all Oregonians through the arts by stimulating creativity, leadership and economic vitality. The Career Opportunity Grant program supports individual Oregon artists seeking to enhance their careers through timely and notable experiences. Awards are made during three cycles each year. This cycle of the program was highly-competitive, resulting in awards for 22 Oregon artists.

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