Raúl Gómez-Rojas 

 

is in his fourth season as Music Director of the Metropolitan Youth Symphony (Portland, OR), where he enjoys working with a vibrant community of conductors, coaches, staff, families and over 500 students in 15 orchestra, band and jazz ensembles.

 

Mr. Gómez was recently selected as one of six conductors to be featured in the League of American Orchestra's 2018 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, after competing for the honor with nearly 150 applicants from around the world. Conductors were selected for their "experience, talent, leadership, and commitment to a career in service to American orchestras."

 

A sought-after guest conductor for professional ensembles, Mr. Gómez's recent and upcoming engagements include multiple appearances with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oregon Symphony, Southwest Florida SymphonyChamber Orchestra of San Antonio and Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, as well as engagements in Mexico, Brazil and Costa Rica. 

 

Mr. Gómez has previously served in artistic and musical leadership positions with the Orchestra of the Americas, Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra, Premier Orchestral Institute, Louisiana Sinfonietta and Kids' Orchestra (Baton Rouge, Louisiana). A native of Costa Rica, Gómez holds masters and doctoral degrees from Louisiana State University, where he studied with Carlos Riazuelo (conducting), Kevork Mardirossian and Espen Lilleslåtten (violin/viola). Additional conducting training includes a fellowship at the Aspen Music Festival and numerous masterclasses with leading conductors. 

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