Praised for his captivating performances, visionary musical leadership, and engaging personality, Canadian conductor Marc-André Bougie is rapidly establishing himself as a highly sought-after conductor in North America and abroad. Now entering his eighth season as Music Director for the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra, he has also conducted the Pleven Philharmonic (Bulgaria), Orchestra Cantelli (Italy), Orchestre des Sources (Canada), Shreveport Symphony, Shreveport Opera, Shreveport Chorale, Texarkana Regional Chorale, Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Northwest Louisiana, St. Pius X Choir & Orchestra, Sacred Heart Choir, the University of Missouri Philharmonic, Contemporary Chamber Players, and University Singers, the Columbia Youth Orchestra, and the Show-Me Opera Studio – a sum of experiences which speaks to the versatility and adaptability of his conducting style. He made his Carnegie Hall conducting debut in 2010. He has collaborated with world-renowned performers including Sharon Isbin, Zuill Bailey, Bradley Welch, Elena Urioste, Jane Redding, and many more. Upcoming engagements include concerts in Italy in the spring of 2014 and a whole season of concerts with the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra featuring Masterworks, Educational, and Pops concerts.
Marc-André is married to soprano Candace Taylor with whom he collaborates as pianist and conductor in recitals. He holds a Master's Degree in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Also active as a composer, he has won the 2001 MTNA National Composition Competition. In addition to his conducting engagements, he teaches at Texarkana College.
In his spare time, Marc-André enjoys cooking and grilling, and spending time with his wife and daughter, Miriam Taylor Bougie.
For more information about Marc-André, please visit www.marcandrebougie.com.
R. Andrew Clark
Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and raised in the suburbs of Dallas, Texas and St. Louis, Missouri, Andrew joined the TSO as Executive Director on April 15, 2008. Prior to this he was, for over 12 years, a church musician in Los Colinas, TX; Texarkana, AR; and Dalton, GA. Mr. Clark currently serves the wider field of American orchestras by representing smaller budget orchestras throughout the country on the League of American Orchestras’ Board of Directors. Andrew holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Ouachita Baptist University and the Master of Arts in Music degree from the University of North Texas. His graduate research interest was in the area of late 19th and early 20th century American community music societies and that research was completed at Yale University. Andrew’s organ teachers have included Gail Robins, Russell Hodges, and Al Travis; he has studied piano with Sue Hansen, Janine Tiner and David Allen Wehr. In the summer of 2002, Mr. Clark received a certificate of conducting studies, following post-graduate work with James Jordan at Westminster Choir College, in Princeton, New Jersey. He is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Texarkana. In addition to his duties with the TSO Andrew is the parish musician at St. James Church in Texarkana, and on the adjunct faculty of Texas A&M Texarkana.
Steven M. Bennett
YOUTH SYMPHONY CONDUCTOR
Mr. Bennett received his Music Education degree from Harding University and continued his education at the University of Central Arkansas where he studied trombone with Dr. Dennis Winter and completed his Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting. During that time, Mr. Bennett was a member of the University Symphony Orchestra and Conway Civic Orchestra. After completing his degree, he taught for five years in Alabama before moving to Texarkana to his current position with the Texarkana Independent School District.
He is currently the adjunct instructor of instrumental brass studies at Texarkana College and is also the Assistant Director of Bands at Texas High School and the band director for the Red Lick Independent School District. Mr. Bennett is a member of the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra.
He is married to Laura Bennett, also a member of the TSO, and they have four wonderful children.