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College of Arts and Humanities

Aaron Hirsch

Lecturer of Orchestral Studies

Aaron Hirsch began his conducting career while working on a bachelor's degree in organ performance at the University of Minnesota. By creating a loosely formed, volunteer orchestra, Hirsch led a few performances until it formed into the more organized Young Musicians of Minnesota, naming him artistic director and conductor. YMM was an intensive summer program that ran the summers of 2013-2015. With this program, young people aged 12-26 came together to learn advanced repertoire, receive coaching sessions with members of the Minnesota Orchestra, and perform alongside these musicians in a full-length, symphonic concert; all of this for a very small fee, allowing exceptional youth of little means to experience a high-caliber festival and learn important repertoire. Furthermore, the organization was mostly run by students; the board, fund-raising, advertisement, and libraries were headed by a team of young adults.

Aaron has also enjoyed success as a fellow in the Oregon Bach Festival Conducting Master Class, where he conducted the OBF Baroque Orchestra and UofO Chamber Choir in a performance of the fourth and fifth parts of Bach's Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248. He has also appeared as a fellow at the Dresdner Meisterkurse Musik (DMM), where he conducted in concert Beethoven's Fourth Symphony with the Dresden Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.

Aaron now works as Adjunct Professor of Orchestral Studies at Central Washington University, where he conducts the chamber and opera orchestras, teaches the basic conducting sequence for undergraduates, and advanced conducting seminar for grad students. In addition to his duties as a conductor, Aaron is also in demand as a collaborative pianist. He has performed countless recitals with students of both voice and instrument, and has toured the Pacific Northwest with Professor of Saxophone Adam Pelandini in a series of recitals. Hirsch also serves as vocal coach and pianist for the CWU opera and opera scenes programs.

In addition, Aaron is also the Cover Conductor for the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and also has a long working-relationship with the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra, of which he was the Apprentice Conductor from 2014-2016. Also in demand as an organist, Aaron appears in recitals and liturgical organ workshops throughout Washington, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Hirsch has degrees in conducting (M.M., Central Washington University) and organ performance (B.M., University of Minnesota.

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