Utah Symphony Orchestra​

Salt Lake City, Utah​​

1997 – 1999: Acting Associate Conductor (part-time, non-resident)

      • invited to the position in 1997 by Joseph Silverstein
      • conducted full and chamber orchestra subscriptions, family, pops, youth concerts, special events and outdoor summer
      • originally a one-year appointment, but due to orchestra members’ request renewed for a second season​

Kansas City Symphony​

Kansas City, Missouri​

1998 – 1999: Acting Associate Conductor (part-time, non-resident)

      • conducted a wide variety of subscription and non-subscription, public and educational concerts​

Omaha Symphony Orchestra​

Omaha, Nebraska​​

1984 – 1996: Music Director and Conductor (full-time, resident)

      • provided vision and guidance, and oversaw all artistic aspects of $3M organization, including personnel, programming and development of new opportunities
      • conducted virtually all subscription concerts by both full and chamber orchestras; conducted pops concerts and tours
      • expanded orchestra’s concert programming (number of series, number of performances)
      • initiated and conducted first-ever appearances by celebrity artists (Perlman, Galway, Rostropovich) as soloists with orchestra
      • received national television coverage (CBS) for 1992 world premiere, “Ceremonial Images” composition incorporating Omaha Indian tribal drummers and chanters with the orchestra
      • expanded educational programming to include: annual “Celebrate Creativity” days for area high school students, concerts for kids in cities other than Omaha, Family concerts including the local youth symphony on stage with the Omaha Symphony, etc.
      • developed community-spirited pops concerts, featuring local talent and entertaining ‘themes’
      • initiated experimentation with NASCEnt (New American Symphony Concerts as Entertainment) concepts of concert presentation
      • oversaw annual international composition contest;  commissioned half-a-dozen works for both full and chamber orchestra as well as presenting first performances by approximately 30 living composers
      • initiated full orchestra tours and run-outs to ‘out-state’ Nebraska;  initiated and conducted a statewide high school choir to sing with Symphony
      • initiated occasional outdoor summer programs
      • received Omaha’s ICAN Foundation Award for Career Excellence
      • public appearances and speeches at Conventions (including teachers of gifted and talented), Civic clubs, Professional Organizations, including a motivational session for all local employees of Union Pacific Railroad
      • represented Omaha Symphony on multiple music panels of National Endowment for the Arts
      • supervised and personally facilitated a ‘sister-orchestra’ relationship with the Shizuoka (Japan) Philharmonic, in collaboration with Omaha’s Sister-City organization​

Portland Symphony Orchestra​

Portland, Maine​​

1976 – 1986: Music Director and Conductor (full-time, resident)

      • provided vision and guidance, and oversaw all artistic aspects, including personnel, programming and development of new opportunities
      • conducted all concerts of professional orchestra (full and chamber orchestra subscription series, pops series, summer series, educational and miscellaneous) 
      • initiated chamber orchestra and its subscription series;  initiated and presided over all Kinderkonzerts (smaller ensembles for pre-schoolers)
      • initiated special “Celebrate Creativity” project with Lorin Hollander and statewide high school performers and singers
      • initiated summer concert series, performing in at least a dozen other communities outside Portland
      • initiated and conducted “SuperBand”, a prime-time, orchestra-in-the-TV-studio, 2-hour commercial television annual special designed to sell subscription tickets
      • established a relationship with, and conducted for a time the Portland Youth Symphony.  Initiated Family Concerts, and “Magic of Christmas” concerts
      • spokesperson for Portland Symphony in all ways - public speaking, broadcasting, entertaining, and teaching
      • helped facilitate the orchestra’s first-ever long-range plan
      • participated in various fund-raising, solicitation and community-support projects
      • helped establish partnerships with art museum, ballet companies, recital presenters, youth organizations and area choruses
      • responsible for organization growing from 60 services per year to 135 services per year.​


Denver Symphony Orchestra​

Denver, Colorado​

1973 – 1979: Associate Conductor (full-time, resident)

      • hired by Music Director Brian Priestman as Assistant Conductor in 1973.
      • promoted to Associate Conductor in 1975
      • conducted all forms of programming -- subscription, pops, chamber orchestra, special events, outdoor summer concerts, and all educational events
      • on call to ‘cover’ any concert by any conductor
      • planned, coordinated and scheduled all Denver Symphony in-state College Residencies, including all manner of performances;  open, reading and sit-in rehearsals;  sectionals, workshops, masterclasses;  speeches, lectures and discussion
      • speaking engagements, especially at gatherings devoted to discussing gifted and talented children
      • lecture series at the art museum
      • concert preview lectures
      • frequent associations (master classes, guest conducting, individual coaching and teaching) at major Colorado university music departments and other performaing ensembles; many radio broadcasts and interviews​

Arapahoe Chamber Orchestra

Denver, Colorado​

1975 - 1979: Music Director and Conductor

​​​​​​​​​​​      • conducted all concerts
      • conceived, facilitated and conducted collaborations with Denver Ballet, Impresario Opera
      • conceived and facilitated special activities and programming possibilities with local artists​

Guest Conducting Activity​​​​​​​​​​​​​

(1979 - present)​



      • Guest conducting engagements with the following symphony orchestras: Edmonton Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Jacksonville Orchestra, Mesa Symphony, Music in the Mountains (Colorado), Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra, Santa Barbara Symphony, Shizuoka (Japan) Philharmonic, Taiwan Symphony, and earlier performances with New York Philharmonic, Birmingham Symphony, New Orleans Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic and Tulsa Philharmonic.​

      • Guest conducting engagements with the following chamber orchestras: Camerata (Bloomington, IN), Lexington Sinfonietta (Lexington, MA), and Oberlin Conservatory Chamber Orchestra​

      • Guest conducting with the following opera companies: Chicago Opera Theater, Fargo-Moorhead Opera and Tacoma Opera.​



      • In addition to orchestras mentioned above, many pops guest engagements have included the orchestras of Dallas, Edmonton, Houston, Jacksonville, Louisville, Naples, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Ottawa, Saint Louis, Santa Barbara in recent years.  Other orchestra engagements in the past include Rochester, Buffalo, Tulsa, Hartford, Atlanta and Spokane.

      • developed a “Paul Whiteman Lives!” re-creation of the late ‘20s – early ‘30s ‘orchestra’ as developed by Paul Whiteman immediately after his success in premiering the Rhapsody in Blue concert at Aeolian Hall, 1924.

      • conduct more than 300 performances with Boston Pops and Boston Pops Esplanade since 1979, including season and off-season and privately contracted, in-house and run-out performances of all pops types (traditional, Swing Night, Family, etc.)​

      • developed and conducted new Earth-Day program with the Paul Winter Consort and the New Jersey Symphony

      • developed and conducted a new “crossover” program with Richard Stoltzman and the Pittsburgh Symphony

      • conducted “Magic of Christmas” (concept developed in Portland, ME) with Utah, New Jersey, Dallas, Kansas City, Jacksonville, Hartford and Orchestra of Indian Hill Symphonies

      • in recent past, several-year conducting relationship with both Minnesota and Baltimore Symphonies, including wide variety of programming​



• guest conductor of full orchestras at:​

      • The Boston Conservatory
      • Eastman School of Music
      • Hartt School of Music
      • New England Conservatory of Music
      • Shepherd School of Music
      • Oberlin College Conservatory of Music
      • guest conductor of Yale School of Music Chamber Orchestra
      • guest conductor of ensembles, California School for the Arts​


• guest conductor of high school all-state orchestras in:
      • Rhode Island
      • New York (twice)
      • Maine (twice)
      • Colorado
      • Montana
      • Minnesota
      • Massachusetts (twice)​

      • Nebraska     ​

      • Connecticut
      • New Hampshire​





• Recordings:

      • NAXOS:  “Majestic Journey” – Original Works for Euphonium and Orchestra; Adam Frey, euphonium; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Bruce Hangen, conducting

      • MSR Classics: “Taking Flight” – various original and adapted works for Euphonium and Orchestra; Adam Frey, euphonium; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Bruce Hangen, conducting

      • Boston Records: “Radnofsky.com” – Contemporary American Works for the Saxophone: Theofanidis – Concerto for Alto Saxophone & Orchestra; Kenneth Radnofsky, saxophone; New Music New Haven Festival Orchestra, Bruce Hangen, conducting​

• International guest conducting:​

      • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (two annual tours + privately-funded recording project in 2006)
      • Taiwan Symphony Orchestra
      • Shizuoka, Japan, Philharmonic
      • National Arts Centre Orchestra, Ottawa
      • Edmonton Symphony, Alberta (Annual appearances with multiple programs per season since 2002)​

      • regular guest conductor, early 1980’s, new music series in New York City, “Music New to New York”​

Even Earlier....


1972 - 1973​​

      • faculty conductor, Eastman School Symphony Orchestra
      • faculty conductor, Eastman School Musica Nova
      • guest conductor, Eastman School Philharmonia
      • taught conducting class, Eastman School
      • Assistant Conductor and Cellist, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra
      • Conducting Assistant, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
      • guest conductor, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra​


1970 - 1972​


      • Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood two summers, at the invitation of Gunther Schuller.  Primary teachers were Bruno Maderna, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas and Gunther Schuller.​


      • In collaboration with three Eastman composition students, organized a new music ensemble called “Zeitgeist in Musik”, performing several times each of two years at Kilbourn Hall.  The mission of the ensemble was to bring into Eastman’s halls performances of the music of established, adventuresome, world-class composers whose music was not getting any play (in 1970, this was a significant number!).​


      • Organized a baroque chamber orchestra, performing several times a year at the University Art Gallery.​


      • Assistant to Walter Hendl (then Director of the Eastman School of Music) during 50th Anniversary celebrations and premieres.  Conducted world premiere of Alvaro Cassuto’s “Circle” for Orchestra.​

Miscellaneous Activities, non-conducting​​

      • Served on many music panels of the National Endowment of the Arts
      • Served on Board of Directors, Maine Public Television
      • Radio announcer and producer of weekly classical music radio show, Omaha, NE
      • Professional voice-overs for commercial radio work, Denver, CO
      • Honorary tribal member, Omaha Indian Tribe
      • Certified facilitator of Integrity Systems Training program “Managing Goal Achievement”, Phoenix, AZ
      • Trained at Principle-Centered Leadership Stephen Covey’s center, Sundance, UT
      • Developed TQITA – Total Quality In The Arts, a process by which arts institutions may apply the principles of   Total Quality adapted by many of America’s leading businesses
      • Admiral member, The Great Navy of the State of Nebraska (Honorary)
      • Honorary member, National Liars Hall of Fame (!), Dannebrog, Nebraska
      • Honorary member, Newmarket Militia Co., State of Maine​




BORN:                                   Pottstown, Pennsylvania
RAISED:                                Great Falls, Montana
HIGH SCHOOL:                     Great Falls High School
HIGHER EDUCATION:          Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY), BM in Conducting
FAMILY: two children
      • Mason Campbell Hangen
      • Allegra Marie Hangen​