Dr. Robert Boardman has been Music Director and Conductor of the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestras since 2011. He was awarded 1st place in 2015, nationally, for The American Prize, Maestro Vytautas Marijosius Memorial Award in Orchestral Programming, for his work with the SBYSO. A visionary and passionate conductor, Boardman seeks to maintain and discover ways in which the orchestra can be a vital social force in our dynamically changing world. Robert has relished a lifelong interest in contemporary orchestral music. In addition to having composed over a dozen original works, he is drawn to the music’s freshness, sense of event, and artistic relevance to our time.
Dr. Boardman also serves as Artistic Director of Live from Orchestra Hall, the free worldwide webcasts of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), since 2012. He frequently serves as the cover conductor for the DSO, and leads pre-concert lectures as well.
During the fall of 2015, Robert Boardman lead the Grand Central Symphony of New York City, in a seven city USA national tour, collaborating with India’s celebrity Bollywood rockstar, Arijit Singh, along with his rock band. Concert arenas ranged from 7,000-20,000 attendees, and included the cities of Trenton, Orlando, Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles, Houston, and Dallas.
Other recent artistic engagements include the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music where he has served as Assistant Conductor for two seasons. As assistant to Music Director Maestra Marin Alsop, he worked along side composers John Adams, Philip Glass, Jennifer Higdon, and Mark Anthony Turnage, to name a few.
From 2006-2010, Boardman served as Assistant Conductor for Howard Shore’s film score “The Lord of the Rings Symphony” with CAMI Music for which he has assisted in over 30 performances, including a tour of Germany. In this position, he has worked with the orchestras and choruses of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Calgary Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestra, among others.
Other collaborations have taken Mr. Boardman to the Phoenix Symphony where he assisted Michael Christie in a semi-staged production of John Adams’ epic opera “Nixon in China.” Mr. Boardman also had the honor of performing and recording the world premiere performances of Lembit Beecher’s multi-media oratorio, “And Then I Remember” – a musical documentary about the life of Beecher’s Grandmother and her escape from Estonia during WWII. Robert has conducted 12 World Premieres and over 30 orchestras worldwide, including the Houston Symphony, Spokane Symphony Orchestra, and Cabrillo Festival Orchestra.
Boardman studied conducting with Marin Alsop, Kurt Masur, Gustav Meier, and Kenneth Kiesler. He has also participated in numerous master classes, workshops and seminars with major orchestras and conductors throughout the United States. In May 2010, Robert achieved the distinction Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance – the #1 ranked conducting program in the nation by USNEWS & World Reports.