Hisham Bravo Groover serves as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra, as the Philharmonic Conductor of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS), and as the Music Director and Conductor of the Buffalo Community Orchestra.
Previously, Hisham has competed in two international conducting competitions. In 2023, he competed in the 1st International Ferenc Fricsay Conducting Competition in Szeged, Hungary. In 2022, he was a semi-finalist in the Princess Astrid International Music Competition in Trondheim, Norway. In his prior roles, Hisham served as Assistant Conductor of the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre, as Associate Conductor of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Arapahoe Philharmonic, Assistant Conductor of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra and Opera Theatre, and as co-conductor for the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra.
As an educator, Hisham has taught at various academic institutions. He has served as co-director for the Campus Orchestras at the University of Minnesota, Adjunct Instructor at St. Cloud State University, Adjunct Instructor and Conductor at Ripon College, Conductor at Arapahoe Community College, and as the conductor for the 2018 Colorado State University-Pueblo Honors Orchestra. In February 2024, he will be a guest clinician for the 2024 Northwest Suburban Conference Festival.
Aside from conducting, Hisham is also a violinist and has studied with several pedagogues, including Mark Rush, Michel Boris Zaitzeff, and Ching-Yi Lin. Additional violin studies have taken him to the New Zealand School of Music and to the summer orchestra festivals at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
Hisham’s principal conducting mentors are Mark Russell Smith, Leonid Grin, and William LaRue Jones.