Warren Cohen

Artistic Director

 Conductor, Symphony Orchestra

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A message from Warren, 

"The Artistic vision of NJIO  involves allowing musicians at all levels of skill, experience, and age the possibility to participate in making music. More experienced and skilled players perform alongside those with less experience. Less experienced players are encouraged to challenge themselves to study, rehearse and play at higher levels as well. NJIO does not fit neatly into the category of a community orchestra or an educational institution, but it has characteristics of both. The emphasis is at least in part on learning through doing for less experienced players and learning through modeling and teaching for those who play at high amateur or professional level. In Symphony, it also offers the more experienced players a chance to play great repertoire, while encouraging those less experienced  to be part of the wonderful envelope of sound created by a Symphony Orchestra."

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Performing Chaminade's Konzertstuck. Fall 2022

Education

Piano: Philip Cohen

Conducting: Mark Elder, Gustav Meier, and Paul Vermel. English National Opera: 1991- 1992

Positions held include:

Piano Accompanist for Honolulu City Ballet: 1978 - 1982

Conductor Hawaii Chamber Orchestra: 1994 - 1995

Music Director roles include:

    Kumu Kahua Theater: 1984- 1993

    Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra: 1996 - 2005

    Fine Arts String Orchestra: 2001-2010

    Scottsdale Baroque Orchestra 2004-2010

    MusicaNova: 2003 - current

Compositions include:

Records

Conducting Richard Arnell, Symphonies 4 and 5. Con Brio Label. 2008

Awards

7 ASCAP awards for original composition

1999 ASCAP/American Symphony Orchestra League Award for Adventurous Programming