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Fayette Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

James Hagberg

Conductor, Symphonic Orchestra

Mr. Hagberg was raised in Sioux City, Iowa. As a child, he demonstrated an interest in music, studying the violin. As a high school student, he played in the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and was invited to play with the Morningside College Orchestra, a local college in the Siouxland area.  He participated in the Iowa All-State Orchestra all four of his high school years, and received superior ratings each year at the Iowa Solo and Ensemble Evaluations. As a senior, Mr. Hagberg won the Siouxland Youth Symphony Orchestra's annual concerto competition. 

Mr. Hagberg received his Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. During his college years, he continued to perform with several regional orchestras in the Siouxland area.  He toured with the Morningside College Orchestra in concerts recruiting promising students throughout the Midwest. In his senior year, Mr. Hagberg performed the first movement of the Beethoven Violin Concerto in D having won a concerto competition with the Cherokee Symphony Orchestra. As an early interest in conducting intensified, he became assistant conductor of the Siouxland Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Upon graduation, Mr. Hagberg pursued his interest in conducting, and was accepted into the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.  

Mr. Hagberg received his Master of Music degree from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, Texas, studying orchestral conducting with Samuel Jones. While at Rice, Mr. Hagberg was the recipient of an assistantship as manager of the Shepherd School Symphony Orchestra, and in his second year, received an assistantship as conductor of the Campanile Orchestra, a community orchestra on the Rice University campus.

Mr. Hagberg settled in the Houston area for nearly 20 years.  He became the founding conductor of the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra in Lake Jackson, Texas, a position he held for 21 seasons. For several years, he conducted Symphony North of Houston, a community orchestra in the greater Houston area.  He taught at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas in an interim position where he conducted the Texas Tech University Symphony Orchestra, taught the instrumental conducting classes, as well as the music appreciation classes. While in Lubbock, he was invited to guest conduct the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra and performed various educational concerts and string clinics for the Lubbock School District.

In 1994, Mr. Hagberg moved to Cincinnati where he taught violin at the Cincinnati String Academy.  He played in the 1st violin section for the Northern Kentucky Symphony, Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony, the Blue Ash Symphony, and was concertmaster of the Lebanon Symphony Orchestra.  For several years, he conducted the Clermont Philharmonic, a semi-professional ensemble in the greater Cincinnati area.

In 2003, Mr. Hagberg moved to Peachtree City, Georgia. He was contacted by the Fayette County Board of Education to fill an orchestra position at Flat Rock Middle School and Sandy Creek High School. In 2007, Mr. Hagberg changed to McIntosh High School where he currently teaches.  In April of 2010, Mr. Hagberg's advanced orchestra was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York where he first performed his Elegy for String Orchestra.  The string version is dedicated to the members of his advanced orchestra at McIntosh. Mr. Hagberg currently lives in Peachtree City with his wife, Marty.

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