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Conductor, Clarinetist, Entrepreneur

                                                                                                          Colin Roshak is a recent graduate of the Graduate Conducting                                                                                                                              Program at Bard College and is a student of James Bagwell, Richard                                                                                                                   Hawkins and Tim Weiss.

                                                                                                          Growing up in and around Boston, Colin attended the Walnut Hill                                                                                                                        School for the Arts and the New England Conservatory Preparatory                                                                                                                  School. During his time at Walnut Hill, Colin studied clarinet with                                                                                                                          Kai-Yun Lu, chamber music with Laura Thielke and composition with                                                                                                                    Whitman Brown. 

Colin went on to Oberlin Conservatory where he studied clarinet with Richard Hawkins and conducting with Tim Weiss. It was here that Colin's fledgling interest in conducting became a passion. 

In his freshman year, Colin founded the Oberlin String Orchestra - an ensemble of music majors, non-majors and local community members. He led the ensemble for four years, performing works of Dvorak, Grieg, Vaughn-Williams, Mahler, and many more. OSO concerts frequently featured student soloists, and premiered new works by student composers. 

After graduating in 2018, Colin moved to Alaska, where he split his time between Anchorage and Sitka. In Anchorage, he served as the winds coach and assistant conductor for the Alaska Youth Orchestras, played principal clarinet with the Anchorage Opera and managed a small studio of private clarinet students. On the side, Colin wrote for the Anchorage Daily News and Anchorage Press, and operated a small cottage-industry food business making handmade gluten free pastas and baked goods. 


While in Alaska, Colin spent his summers on Tlingit Aaní,

tucked away in the rainforests of southeast Alaska teaching

and performing at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Here he

taught woodwind methods and chamber music classes, and

often brought his students outside.

In 2020, as part of the Alaska Youth Orchestras organization,

Colin served as the director for the Alaska Virtual Symphony.

This community music program was designed to serve all Alaskans.

In it's inaugural season, the program serviced more than 60 musicians,

ages 5 to 80, from 14 different Alaskan communities, and was offered

completely free of charge. As part of the program, Colin curated a

three-part "Conversation Series" that featured flutists Amanda Galick and Kelly Zimba, pianist Daniel Hsu and Grammy Award-winning band Portugal. The Man.

In the fall of 2021, Colin returned to the east coast to begin his graduate studies as part of the Graduate Conducting Program at Bard College. He studied with James Bagwell, performed frequently as a clarinetist and led ad-hoc concert events with musicians of The Orchestra Now, Bard Conservatory and singers from the Graduate Vocal Arts Program.


Both as a clarinetist and conductor, Colin is a strong advocate for young composers and works continuously with student composers in performing, workshopping and recording new works. He is a guest conductor with Face The Music, a new music program for high school students based out of the Kaufman Music Center in New York City. He has worked with notable composers Sarah Hennies, Elizabeth Oganek, Jesse Jones, Matthew Sargent, Justin Weiss, Paula Matthusen and Kyle Gann.

In the summer of 2023, Colin joined the esteemed teaching artist faculty at the Walden School in Dublin, NH. He taught musicianship and composition, premiered new works by students and performed alongside members of the TAK Ensemble, the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Walden School Players. 

In the fall of 2023, Colin relocated to New York City where he works full time at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Additionally, Colin serves on the musicianship and clarinet faculties of the Thurnauer Music School, works as a producer with Legacy Arts International (Princeton, NJ) and as a stage manager with the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival. He maintains an active freelancing profile as a clarinetist, conductor and writer. Spring 2024 includes an assistant conductorship with the Blue Hill Troupe, program notes published by the Philadelphia Orchestra, continuing education as a Dalcroze eurhythmics student at the Lucy Moses School and as a member of the 2024 cohort of the Carlos Miguel Prieto Conducting Fellowship


These days, Colin starts the day with oatmeal, his mind often drifts to the Chugach mountains and he maintains a daily yoga nidra practice. He has strong opinions about salt and pepper, highly recommends Maggie Nelsons’ The Argonauts, and encourages everyone to drink more water. 

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