Leif Bjaland, Music Director and Conductor
Celebrating 25 Years with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra!
Since 1995, Leif Bjaland has been the musical vision behind the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra. A Michigan native, Bjaland received his Master's in music from the University of Michigan, where he was a student of Gustav Meier and Elizabeth A.H. Green. He is the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Music degree, awarded by Susquehanna University.
Following his debut conducting the New World Symphony in 1989, Maestro Bjaland received all-out praise from critics who have called him "a young sculptor in sound," and "one of the key figures in the development of the New World Symphony."
Bjaland has traveled the world throughout his career, guest conducting for several symphonies across the United States, Europe, Asia and New Zealand.
Maestro Bjaland has been a professor of music (Yale University, 1980s) and takes an active interest as a music director. He has also served as a conductor for several operatic productions. His skills and dedication make him an incredible addition to the WSO.