Michael Bednarsky is an American orchestral conductor of classical and contemporary music, and is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra (Natick, MA). Bednarsky recently graduated from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he conducted two of the conservatory’s orchestras and led world premiere performances in collaboration with composition students.


Bednarsky previously served as Music Director of the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO; Columbus, OH) during the 2017-2018 season. Prior to this appointment, Bednarsky served as BPO’s Associate Conductor from 2015-2017. During these tenures, Bednarsky expanded BPO’s repertoire and drew larger audiences to performances. As an advocate of new music, Bednarsky organized a campaign to fund BPO’s first-ever commission, Echoes of Scarlet by Jason Wyse (Instructor of Music, Malone University). 


Under the mentorship of Music Director Bruce Hangen, Bednarsky was a Conducting Assistant for the Orchestra of Indian Hill (Littleton, MA). He has attended the Wintergreen Music Festival and has participated in conducting workshops at the Eastern Music Festival and the Conductors Retreat at Medomak.


As a music educator, Bednarsky has worked with numerous middle and high school bands and orchestras. Bednarsky is currently the choir director at Chelsea (MA) High School. He also serves on the Piano Faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston.


Bednarsky holds a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he studied with Bruce Hangen. Studying both clarinet performance and music education, Bednarsky received a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University, where he received the Kinnan Music Education Award and the Excellence in Ensembles and Conducting Award.



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