Guy Victor Bordo

Guy Victor Bordo

Title: Associate Professor
Dept/Program: Music
Phone: 330/972-6204


Guy Victor Bordo is Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Akron School of Music.  He conducts the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra, the New Music Ensemble, and teaches Advanced Conducting.  This season will feature a wide range of repertoire including works of Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Dvorak, Ginastera, Bartok, and Beethoven.  In 2015 the UASO will again be featured in a series of children’s concerts sponsored by Children’s Concert Society held in Akron Civic Theatre.  The University Symphony Orchestra has performed with many featured faculty soloists, as well as residencies and performances with renowned composers Randy Newman and Marvin Hamlisch, pianists Michael Chertock and Spencer Myer, violinists Maria Bachmann, Ilya Kaler, Andres Cardenes, and this season, with cellist Andres Diaz.

Mr. Bordo has also been the Music Director and Conductor of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra in Indiana since 1997. The RSO has built a strong reputation for innovative programming and attracted many fine musicians in the region.  Using the group's stability and strong musicianship, Mr. Bordo has the freedom to expand the orchestra’s repertoire by programming challenging works, both classical and contemporary.  Having a strong interest in contemporary music, Mr. Bordo and the RSO have presented a wide range of 20th and 21st century compositions. A highlight in this area was the October 2001 residency 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.

Mr. Bordo is also Music Director and Conductor of Akron Baroque, a professional, self-governing orchestra that draws musicians from Akron, Canton, and the Cleveland area.  The orchestra performs a season of masterworks from the Baroque era at its home, First Congregational Church of Akron. The orchestra regularly performs on the 5@5 Series hosted by Westminster Presbyterian Church.

At home with a wide variety of styles and concert formats, Mr. Bordo has conducted prominent soloists including Yakov Kasman, Ilya Kaler, Lorin Hollander, Andres Cardenes, Anton Nel, Steven Burns, William Wolfram, and Mark Kosower as well as popular artists Aretha Franklin, Marvin Stamm, The Beach Boys, and Wynonna Judd.  

Active as a guest conductor, Mr. 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 Elmhurst Symphony (IL), the Cleveland Philharmonic, and the Akron Symphony Orchestra.   This season includes a return appearance with the Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic.

Mr. Bordo earned a Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting as a student of Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, as well as Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education from 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.