Yuga Cohler '11, a computer science and math concentrator in Eliot House, is the 43rd music director of the Bach Society Orchestra. Before coming to BachSoc, he served as music director and conductor of the Dunster House Opera Society in its 2009 production of Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress,” which was the first performance of the work in Boston in over twenty years. At Harvard, Yuga has also led the Gilbert & Sullivan Players and the Harvard University Flute Ensemble as music director and conductor. His conducting engagements have taken him to venues such as Sanders Theatre, Carnegie Zankel Hall, and Mechanics Hall. Yuga began studying conducting as in high school with his father, Jonathan Cohler, and made his debut with the Lexington High School Honors Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. Since then, he has studied with Hugh Wolff, Ludovic Morlot, and Federico Cortese. This past summer, he attended the European American Musical Alliance Summer Conducting Program at the École Normale de Musique de Paris, where he studied with Mark Shapiro and Philip Lasser.
Yuga maintains a busy schedule as an oboist as well. Most recently, he performed Handel’s G Minor Oboe Concerto with the Dunster Chamber Players, a community orchestra based in Dunster House. At Harvard, he has studied chamber music with Robert Levin and Daniel Stepner, and has played principal oboe in both the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and the Bach Society Orchestra. While in high school, Yuga served as principal oboe in the Boston University Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Orchestra, Massachusetts All-State Orchestra, and the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, Yuga has performed concerti with many Boston area orchestras, including the Arlington Philharmonic, the Waltham Philharmonic, the Brockton Symphony, the Lexington Symphony, and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO). In 2007, he was a featured soloist on the orhestra's tour of China. Additionally, Yuga has appeared on the national radio show "From the Top" three times, and was a Grandprize Winner of the International Chamber Ensemble Competition of the Chamber Music Society of New England. Yuga currently studies oboe with Robert Sheena of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and has additionally studied under Elaine Douvas, John Ferrillo, and Janice Bennett.View a list of all past music directors of the Bach Society Orchestra.