Theodoretus Breen, a rising senior in Winthrop House, will serve as the 46th music director of the Bach Society Orchestra. Concentrating in English while also pursing a secondary in music, Theo has been involved in both Harvard’s musical and poetic communities. One of his primary interests is poetry composition, and he intends to compile a collection of poetry for his thesis. Extracurricularly, Theo has variously been co-principal bassist of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, principal bassist of the Bach Society Orchestra, and a member of the pit orchestra for Dunster House Opera. Additionally, he has served as the assistant music director of Harvard’s Mozart Society Orchestra, and will next year become the principal music director of that orchestra as well.
Theo first took up the double bass in the fifth grade, and began studying privately in Sarasota, Florida, with David Cobb once he entered the seventh grade. Theo was actively involved in his hometown’s musical community, playing with the Venice Symphony Orchesta, the Sarasota Orchestra's Youth Philharmonic, and the Florida All-State Competition Orchestra, as well as appearing as a soloist with the Anna Maria Island Community Chorus & Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra. In the eleventh grade, Theo was accepted into Itzhak Perlman's prestigious summer residency camp (the Perlman Music Program) in Shelter Island, NY.
After coming to Harvard, Theo’s interest in music led him to study music theory, analysis, composition, and historical musicology. As his passion for classical music grew further, Theo decided to try his hand at conducting. His assistant conductorship with the Mozart Society Orchestra and his more formal studies with Maestro Federico Cortese of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras proved to be immensely valuable experiences.
Theo hopes to use his time as director of the Bach Society Orchestra to engage as much of Harvard’s musical community, as well as the larger community, as he can. As assistant conductor of the Mozart Society Orchestra, Theo has reached out to various members of the Harvard community—such as an English horn player and a Chinese dulcimer player—to join the orchestra in performance. Theo wishes to embrace a similar program of inclusivity with the Bach Society Orchestra. He also hopes to give ample representation to recent composers, both those currently at Harvard and those in the musical world at large, in order to excite audiences about the tradition of classical music as well as the classical music of today.
View a list of all past music directors of the Bach Society Orchestra.