Travis Jürgens

Music Director / Conductor


Jürgens will conduct the fully professional Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra (OH) on Saturday, October 8th, 2016 at 8pm at the newly renovated Perrysburg Junior High Auditorium. The program, "Mendelssohn and Mozart" includes Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Symphony No. 4 "Italian," as well as Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor.

The Macon Symphony Orchestra has invited Jürgens to guest conduct their concert on March 7, 2015 as a finalist for the Music Director position. The program, entitled "Pipes, Drums, and Dances" will include the Brahms Hungarian Dances 5-7, Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez, Barber's Toccata Festiva for solo organ and orchestra, and Saint-Saens' Symphony No. 3 (Organ Symphony). The latter two works feature guest organist Robert McCormick. 

The Evergreen Chamber Orchestra has invited 
Jürgens to guest conduct their concert on March 9, 2014 as a finalist for the Music Director position. Works include Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, op. 34 no. 14, Fauré's Pavane, American music for musical saw and orchestra with Caroline McCaskey, Haydn Symphony No. 103 (Drumroll), and Ginastera's Dances from Estancia.  

Jürgens recently conducted the
 Colorado Symphony during their Pops Series.    

July 2013 

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra has promoted Jürgens to Associate Conductor.

August 2012 

The Arapahoe Philharmonic has invited Jürgens to guest conduct their December concert. This performance will include Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, Barber's Die Natali, and other works. It will be held at Mission Hills Church in Littleton, CO on Friday, December 14th. More information is available here

March 2012

Travis Jürgens recently performed the Barber Piano Concerto with his wife, Kristen, as the soloist, who was the winner of the 2012 Lamont Solo Honors Competition. A review can be found here:  

July 2011 

The American Prize in Orchestral Conducting has announced that Jürgens placed 2nd in the 2011 Professional Orchestra Division.  

June 2011 

The American Prize in Conducting has announced Jürgens as a finalist in the 2011 Professional Orchestra Division.  

Jürgens has been selected to attend the Conductor/Composer workshopled by Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier, at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz, CA this summer. 

May 2011

The American Prize in Conducting has announced Jürgens as a semi-finalist in the 2011 Professional Orchestra Division. 

After one season as Assistant Conductor with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Jürgens has been promoted to Associate Conductor, effective at the beginning of the 2011-2012 season. 

The following is from the LSO New Music concert review by Robin NcNeil found here:

"...The Lamont Symphony was conducted at this performance by Travis Jürgens who is well on his way to becoming a major conductor in the world of symphony orchestras....One of the reasons that his conducting is so spectacular, aside from its energy and abundant musicianship, is the fact that he knows how to lead rehearsals. An absolutely unimpeachable source told me that this concert was produced with only two rehearsals. That is quite remarkable – almost miraculous – when you consider that every piece on this program was pristine and very difficult....I cannot say enough about the skill and musicianship of Maestro Jürgens. He is a very dynamic conductor who, without a doubt, knows the music before him, and who has no difficulty whatsoever, in communicating that skill and joy to the orchestra..." 

March 2011 

The following is from a Lamont Symphony review by Robin NcNeil found here:

"...Most of the sections are subdued and positively shimmered under the hands of Travis Jürgens, who truly is a superior conductor....The entrances were perfect. That confirmed the control that not only Maestro Juergens is able to make use of over the orchestra, but it also confirms the control that the orchestra members have in their own performance ability...."  

December 2010

The Front Range Youth Symphony has invited Jürgens to guest conduct their April 28th concert at 8pm at the Arvada Center for the Performing Arts. Works by Schubert, Handel, Gluck, Holst, and Frescobaldi will be performed. 

The following is from a Lamont Symphony review by Robin NcNeil found here:

"...Maestro Jürgens infused the orchestra with a remarkable and urgent sense of direction that I truly haven’t heard since I left Indiana University.... Maestro Jürgens truly leads and controls the orchestra with clear, concise, and sharp movements that convey, without question, what the orchestra must do for the sake of good Wagner....Mr. Travis Jürgens is going to make a name for himself....

...After the intermission, Travis Jürgens conducted Strut for String Orchestra, by American composer Michael Daugherty.... Again, Jürgens inspired the orchestra to make the most out of the extremely complex rhythmic motives in this work." 

April 2010

The Peabody Conservatory, Boston University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder have accepted Jürgens into DMA programs in Orchestral Conducting.

March 2010 

From the League of American Orchestras:

The Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City has announced the appointment of TRAVIS JÜRGENS as conductor and music director-designate; he will succeed ANDRÉS FRANCO as music director at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season. Jürgens, founding music director of the United Orchestra of Urbana (Ill.), holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University and Illinois and a bachelor’s in piano performance from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has served as a conducting instructor with the Illinois Summer Youth Music Program and assistant conductor of the University of Illinois Opera Theatre. Jürgens has also guest conducted the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble, the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Illini Orchestra, and the IES Vienna Chamber Orchestra in Austria.

February 2010

Michael Tilson Thomas will lead a masterclass at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, on March 18, 2010, in which Jürgens will participate.

The Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City has invited Mr. Jürgens to guest conduct on their March 7th concert, as a finalist for the Music Director position. 

Jürgens has been invited to the Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition, which will take place in Spain in early June.

December 2009

Travis Jürgens is the founding music director of the United Orchestra of Urbana. This ensemble will perform its inaugural concert on May 9th, 2010, 7pm, at Grace United Methodist Church.

May 2009

Jürgens has been appointed Conducting Instructor for Illinois Summer Youth Music(ISYM) in Urbana, IL. He will teach classes of high school and junior high students in June and July.

Jürgens will attend the 2009 Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas as an Artistic Administration Apprentice where he will utilize fundraising techniques and other tactics that raise the stature of orchestras.

April 2009

Travis Jürgens directed a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 4 in B-Flat Major during a power outage at the University of Illinois School of Music. The Orchestra moved to a small chamber room with windows to finish the performance.mvmts I-IIImvmt IV

Jürgens has conducted in seven performances this Spring, which include four orchestra concerts, two world premieres and an opera. He has been named Assistant Conductor for the University of Illinois Opera Theater's production of Hansel and Gretel by Neely Bruce. For this production he conducted two weeks of orchestra and staging rehearsals, a dress rehearsal, and an outreach performance.

December 2008 

As a finalist for the Music Director position, Mr. Jürgens guest conducted the Illinois Valley Symphony Orchestra's December concert.

Jürgens recently conducted Stravinsky's Scherzo a la Russe with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra in their December 10th concert in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Foellinger Great Hall, 7:30pm. 

In October, Jürgens made his debut with the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune