La Porte County Symphony
307 Kingsbury Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350-6099
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 563
La Porte, IN 46352

Phone: 219.362.9020

Music Director

Philip Bauman, Music Director / Conductor

Phillip Bauman

For over 20 years, Music Director Philip Bauman has guided the course of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra. A renowned conductor whose stage presence “energizes the imagination,” he is frequently acclaimed for his engaging programs and captivating performances. During his tenure with the La Porte County Symphony, he is credited with significantly raising the orchestra’s artistic level, spearheading a resurgence in the educational programming, more than doubling the audience and expanding the budget three-fold since his arrival in 1994. As a result, the orchestra personnel have grown to encompass an expanding geographical area. Moreover, the orchestra now attracts guest artists of national and international acclaim.

A passionate advocate for music education, Mr. Bauman has dedicated much of his career to exploring music with young people through educational concerts and work with youth orchestras. As music director of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Youth Orchestra in the summer of 2014, Mr. Bauman led a successful concert tour conducting in Austria and Germany. Performances were held in Vienna, Munich and Salzburg where he led the concluding ceremony of the International Cantus MM Music Festival.

A native of Battle Creek, Michigan, Mr. Bauman made his symphonic conducting debut leading the Battle Creek Symphony Orchestra and was subsequently engaged for future performances. In 1983 he founded the Camera da Musica Concert Society–a chamber music concert series and professional orchestra–noted for innovative programming, stylistic interpretation, and high performance standards.

In the Chicago area he has served as music director and conductor of the Opera Factory, the Chicago Brass Choir, the Lake Shore Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra, and director of orchestras at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park (IL). Mr. Bauman spent 13 years as an associate conductor with the Elgin Symphony where he conducted over 100 performances encompassing subscription, pops and educational concerts.

Mr. Bauman has gained a reputation as a highly respected conductor of the stage. He has conducted with da Corneto Opera Ensemble, Harbor Country Opera, Opera at the Acorn, the Wheaton Symphony, the Jarvis Conservatory, Indiana Opera North, the Downers Grove Oratorio Society, North Shore Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Youth Symphony Orchestra, Suburban Youth Symphony, DuPage Repertory Theater, and Circle Theater of Forest Park. He holds a master's degree in orchestral conducting from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in music theory from Western Michigan University. For five seasons he served as assistant conductor of the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra appearing on classical and pops concerts.

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