Title: Associate Professor
Guy Victor Bordo has been the Director of Orchestras at The University of Akron School of Music since 2005. In this role he conducts the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra, teaches conducting, and the conducts the university opera productions.
The University of Akron Symphony Orchestra is made up of both graduate and undergraduate students in music performance and education. The UASO performs a wide variety of repertoire year in both E.J. Thomas Hall and First Congregational Church in Akron. In recent years the orchestra has featured many of the UA School of Music faculty in solo roles as well as accompanying internationally known soloists Randy Newman, Marvin Hamlisch, Andres Cardenes, and Spencer Myer.
The UASO was the featured orchestra in Columbus in October of 2007 at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention where they gave the North American Premiere of William Kraft’s Concerto No. 2 for Timpani and Orchestra with David Herbert as soloist. In February of 2009, the UASO was privileged to premiere Sarabande and Chaconne for Orchestra by UA Composer Nikola Resanovic.
Dr. Bordo has also been the Music Director and Conductor of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, in Richmond, Indiana, since 1997. During his tenure with the RSO the orchestra has built a strong reputation for innovative programming and attracted many fine professional musicians in the region. Having a strong interest in contemporary music, Dr. Bordo has presented a wide range of contemporary compositions. A highlight in this area was the October 2001 residency with the RSO of the great American composer John Corigliano. The RSO, with soloist Maria Bachmann, performed his composition Chaconne from the film The Red Violin, for which he won an Academy Award.
Since 2006 Dr. Bordo has also been the Music Director of Akron Baroque, a professional ensemble including members of the Akron and Canton Symphony Orchestras. Akron Baroque performs at the aesthetically and acoustically beautiful First Congregational Church in Akron. Each year the ensemble presents a series of concerts of masterworks from the Baroque period as well as selected Neo-Baroque and contemporary compositions. The ensemble is entirely self-governed and managed by the musicians.
Active as a guest conductor, Dr. Bordo made his European debut in 1994 with the Lithuanian National Opera Theatre in Vilnius, conducting Verdi’s La Traviata. He was invited to return in 1997 where he conducted the State Symphony Orchestra, the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, and the Kaunas Opera Theatre in a production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Additional engagements include Light Opera Works in Chicago and orchestras in Lexington (KY), Cheyenne (WY), Waterloo/Cedar Falls (IA), Fort Collins (CO), the Westshore (MI) Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, The Omaha Symphony, The Cleveland Philharmonic, and the Elmhurst Symphony in Illinois.
In 1991 he completed his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting as a student of Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Bordo completed his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in music education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has studied conducting with Gustav Meier at the Tanglewood Music Center, Carl St. Clair, Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and Elizabeth Green, author of The Modern Conductor.