Biography

Marc-Andre Bougie

Praised for his captivating performances, visionary musical leadership, and engaging personality, American conductor Marc-André Bougie is rapidly establishing himself as a highly sought-after conductor in North America and abroad.  Now entering his eleventh 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, Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet, 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 such as Zuill Bailey, Jimmy Brière, Michael Brown, Tony DeSare, the Harlem String Quartet, Sharon Isbin, Jean-François Normand, Sandi Patty, Jane Redding, Elena Urioste, Bradley Welch, and many more. In January 2016, he conducted the premiere of the new educational program Dvořáks’ New World, created by Michael Boudewyns and Sara Valentine – and for which Marc-André was the music collaborator.  He has also been active working with contemporary American and Canadian composers, and he has commissioned and premiered many new works – most lately Southern Air and Flourish by award-winning composer Clint Needham.

Marc-André is married to soprano Candace Taylor with whom he collaborates as composer, pianist, and conductor. They have recently worked on an album featuring one of their new compositions, Ave Maria. He has won the 2001 MTNA National Composition Competition, and holds a Master’s Degree in Orchestra Conducting from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  In addition to his conducting engagements, Marc-André teaches at Texarkana College, and he was recently awarded the Texarkana College 2016 Endowed Chair of Teaching Excellence.

His involvement in the advancement of music in the areas of the conducting profession, choral music, religious music, and college education is reflected through his work with organizations dedicated to these disciplines.  He is a board member for the Conductors’ Guild and the Texas Two-Year College Choral Directors Association, member of the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Tyler, and member of the Music Field of Study Advisory Committee for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  He is also on the Arts in Education Artist Roster for the state of Arkansas.

In his spare time, Marc-André enjoys cooking, travelling, and spending time with his wife and daughter, Miriam Taylor Bougie.

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