BCO Roster

Conductor Hisham Bravo Groover

Hisham Bravo Groover is currently in his fifth season as Music Director and Conductor of the Buffalo Community Orchestra. In addition, he is also the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonic Conductor for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS). This September (2023), Hisham is scheduled to compete in the first International Ferenc Fricsay Conducting Competition in Szeged, Hungary.

Previously, Hisham has been a semi-finalist in the 2022 Princess Astrid International Music Competition in Trondheim, Norway. He has served as Assistant Conductor of the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre, as Associate Conductor of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic, Assistant Conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre, and as co-conductor for the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra.

As an educator, Hisham has worked as co-director of the Campus Orchestras at the University of Minnesota, as Adjunct Instructor at St. Cloud State University, as Adjunct Instructor and Conductor at Ripon College, Conductor at Arapahoe Community College, and was the conductor for the 2018 Colorado State University-Pueblo Honors Orchestra.

Aside from conducting, Hisham is also a violinist and has studied with several pedagogues, including Mark Rush, Michel Boris Zaitzeff, and Ching-Yi Lin. Additional violin studies have taken him to the New Zealand School of Music and to the summer orchestra festivals at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.

Hisham’s principal conducting mentors are Mark Russell Smith, Leonid Grin, and William LaRue Jones.

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Buffalo Community Orchestra Board:

President: Michael Walsh
Vice President: Jolyn Halvorson
Secretary: Joelle Strandquist
Treasurer: Jeff Burns

Sarah Kremer
Kendall Kubasch
Sarah Libdblom
Mary Ellen Lundsten
George Morris
Yvonne Rammel
Kara Stonecipher
William Tregaskis

Concertmaster Will Samorey

Noted for his stylistic versatility and ability to command an audience with his musical storytelling, Will Samorey received his B.A in Music with honors in Violin Performance from the University of Western Ontario under the tutelage of Annette-Barbara Vogel. Other teachers include Won-Bin Yim, Yehonatan Berick, Vasile Beluska, Stacey Woolley, Jonathan Sturm, Naha Greenholtz, the Corigliano Quartet, and Jupiter Quartet. While at UWO, he held various positions with the school's symphony orchestra, opera, and musical productions including all principal violin positions and concertmaster.

Professionally, Will has performed in all concentrations from chamber music, to pit orchestras, community, and symphony orchestras. Will has tenure with the Quad Cities Symphony Orchestra and Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, is the concertmaster of the Golden Valley Orchestra, and is a frequent substitute with symphonies across Iowa and Minnesota. Will enjoys giving solo and chamber music recitals in the greater Twin Cities area, and his hometown of Des Moines. Will has the distinction of being the 2nd violinist to perform the Butterfly Lover’s Concerto in Minnesota with the Golden Valley Orchestra.

The Orchestra

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    Violin I

    Peter Anderson
    Sarah Braith
    Anna Ebnet
    Michael Gutman
    Kari Hartman GM
    Sarah Kremer
    Will Samorey+
    Dawn Weis
    Kylie Yncierto

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    Violin II

    Lucy Anderson
    Michelle Anderson
    Anna Chkirdi*
    Laura Graupmann
    Deanna Leigh
    Donald Strand
    Joelle Strandquist§
    Barbara Tollefsen
    Victoria Van Beusekom

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    Viola

    Sara Anderson
    Zachary Armstrong *
    John Bowen
    Sarah Lindblom
    Laura Keller
    Julia Rotter
    Addison Simard

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    Cello

    Andrew Burgdorf *
    Linda Emmel ∞
    Mitchell Friesz
    Theresa Green
    Carmen Hanson
    Monique Ried
    Hunter Simard#

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    String Bass

    Bill Healy
    George Morris*1
    Josh Sanford

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    Flute

    Lee Ann Carlsted (piccolo)
    Yvonne Rammel
    Kristi Wagner *

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    Oboe

    Abigail Amundson
    Michael Jeannot *

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    English Horn

    Abigail Amundson

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    Clarinet

    Patti Albright
    Jennifer Domka*
    William Tregaskis

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    Tuba

    Marcus Hanson

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    Trombone

    Ryan Anselment *
    Justin Frerich
    Hannah Porter-Gilman

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    Trumpet

    Kyle Anderson
    Michael Dailey *

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    Bassoon

    Heather Kurtz £
    Larry Marquette *

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    Percussion

    Marshall Carlsted *
    Stephanie Friesz
    Kendell Kubasch $
    Zachary Marquette
    Merijo Strandquist#
    Tony Reid#

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    French Horn

    Ann Frerich
    Jolyn Halvorson *2
    Kara Stonecipher
    Michael Walsh 

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    Piano/Keyboard

+ Concertmaster
* Section Principal
£ Treasurer

GM General Manager
$ Finance/Budget Chair
∞ Stage Decorations
# On leave

 

1 BCO President
2 BCO Vice President
§ Secretary

 

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Past Conductors

  • 2019 to present

    Hisham Bravo Groover

  • 2016 to 2019

    Ernesto Estigarribia

  • 2015 – 2016

    Lindsay Boyd

  • 2014 – 2015

    Paul McShee

  • 2011 – 2014

    Erik Rohde

  • 2010 – 2011

    Foster Beyers

  • 2009 – 2010

    Steven Eckblad

  • 2006 – 2009

    Peter C. Jacobson

  • 2004 – 2006

    Brendan Caldwell

  • 2002 – 2004

    Nicholas Wallin

  • 2002

    Joseph Schlefke

  • 2001

    Michael Halstenson

  • 1997 – 2001

    John Robert Sall

  • 1995 – 1997

    Mary Roberts Wilson