Philip J. Bauman




Recognized by critics as offering "tremendously sensitive direction" and being "a gifted and spirited conductor," Philip Bauman currently serves as music director of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra.. Known for his charismatic presence on and off the podium he is frequently hailed for his innovative programs and consistently captivating performances.

During his tenure at the La Porte County Symphony, he is credited with significantly raising the orchestra's artistic level, spearheading a resurgence in the educational programming, more than doubling the audience and expanding the budget three-fold since his arrival in 1994. A passionate advocate for music education, Mr. Bauman has dedicated much of his career to exploring music with young people through educational concerts and work with youth orchestras.

Through his work with Chicago Opera Theater, The Opera Factory, Light Opera Works and the Jarvis Conservatory, Mr. Bauman has gained a reputation as a highly respected conductor of the stage. His 1993 performances of Four Saints in Three Acts with Chicago Opera Theater were unanimously praised by the press. John Von Rhein, music critic of the Chicago Tribune said of his performances, "Philip J. Bauman drew a clean, buoyant and lively reading from the 21- piece orchestra, coordinating stage and pit very well. The final scenes in fact were very moving."

Mr. Bauman made his podium debut with Chicago Opera Theater in 1989, when as assistant conductor, he led the season's final performance of Romeo and Juliet on five minutes' notice. Since that dramatic and successful debut, he has had a ten-year association with the company and has conducted highly acclaimed performances of Where the Wild Things Are, Carousel, Count Ory , La Traviata, A Waterbird Talk and The Medium with Metropolitan Opera star Mignon Dunn. In 1994, Mr. Bauman once again stepped in on short notice, this time with the Elgin Symphony for the ailing Margaret Hillis; Bauman conducted a subscription concert to much acclaim.

Mr. Bauman has conducted Adios a la Bohemia, Bohemios, La Purpura de la Rosa and two productions of Manuel de Falla's La Vida Breve for The Opera Factory, Desert Song and Princess Ida for Light Opera Works, and Attila, Don Carlo, Lucrezia Borgia and Verdi's Requiem with the da Corneto Opera Ensemble. He has conducted The Saffron Rose, La Revoltosa, Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente, Doña Francisquita, La Alegria de la Huerta and Gigantes y Cabezudos for the Jarvis Conservatory in Napa, California, El Barbero de Sevilla for the Amarillo Opera in Texas and The Opera

Factory, in addition to traveling to Idaho to conduct the Boise Opera in productions of Carousel and South Pacific. In the Chicago, Illinois area he has served as music director and conductor of The Opera Factory, the Chicago Brass Choir, the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, and as director of orchestras at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park.

For 13 seasons Mr. Bauman was the associate conductor with the Elgin Symphony where he conducted over 100 performances encompassing subscription, pops and educational concerts. For five seasons he served as assistant conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra appearing on Pops and Classical concerts. He has also conducted the Wheaton Symphony, da Corneto Opera Ensemble, Indiana Opera North, the Downers Grove Oratorio Society, North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Youth Symphony Orchestra, Suburban Youth Symphony, DuPage Repertory Theater, and Circle Theater of Forest Park. He holds a master's degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in music theory from Western Michigan University.

For more information about Mr. Bauman visit his website, www.PhilipBauman.com