John Bogardus is a curious and passionate conductor who can often be seen waving his hands while humming scores as he prepares to lead a patchwork of eager musicians in rehearsal or performances.
From a young age, John has been playing violin, conducting ensembles, scoring and writing music. Growing up in upstate New York gave John a lot of valuable and memorable musical experiences, from helping run and organize music camps to performing in Carnegie Hall. Since moving to Nova Scotia over 10 years ago, John has inspired many musicians in addition to starting this accessible music program in the heart of Halifax.
In 2010 John started the music program we know today as the Halifax Music Co-op. Originally the Kings’ College Orchestra, John has devoted his life to nurturing growth the HMC and its membership . John conducts all the ensembles, teaches violin and voice, and was recently named the Interim Executive Director by the HMC’s Board of Directors. John’s undying passion for music and music education is the fire that keeps the HMC going.