Edward Dolbashian

Edward Dolbashian was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the Compton Heights Concert Band in September 1998. He was also the Artistic Director of the St. Louis Civic Orchestra. Maestro Dolbashian was the Music Director of the Missouri University Philharmonic in Columbia, Missouri, a post he held since 1984. He recently retired from the University of Missouri.

Mr. Dolbashian began his musical training as a student at New York's famed High School of the Performing Arts. Upon graduation, Mr. Dolbashian entered the Hartt College of Music, in Hartford Connecticut, where he earned his degrees in oboe performance.
Edward Dolbashian, Music Director/Conductor
(Edward Dolbashian)
Mr. Dolbashian's conducting career began when he accepted the directorship of the Holyoke Symphony Orchestra in Holyoke, Massachusetts. His orchestral conducting studies took him to the prestigious Pierre Monteaux School of Orchestra Conducting in Maine, studying under Charles Bruck; and to Yale University, where he served as student conducting assistant to Otto Werner-Mueller en route to earning a Master of Musical Arts degree in Orchestral Conducting. Further studies took place at the Tanglewood Institute, with Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Andre Previn, and Gustav Meier, and the Boris Goldovsky Opera Conducting Seminar.

Before coming to Missouri, Mr. Dolbashian was a member of the Hartford Symphony for 11 years and was principal oboe of the Hartford Chamber Orchestra, the Goldovsky Opera Company, and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. He made his solo oboe debut in Town Hall, NY, NY, 1969.

In addition to his duties as Music Director of the University Philharmonic, St. Louis Civic Orchestra, and the Compton Heights Concert Band, Mr. Dolbashian also maintains an active guest conducting schedule. He appeared as guest conductor of the 1998 International Festival of Music Orchestra in Belem, Brazil, and as guest conductor of the Londrina Symphony in Londrina, Brazil.

The Compton Heights Concert Band was pleased to have Edward for the summer series in 2019 Sunday Serenades and Musical Mondays 2019.


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