Reuben Stern '20 , Music Director

Reuben Stern, a sophomore living in Dunster House, is the Music Director of the Bach Society Orchestra's 2017-2018 season. A lover of the liberal arts, Reuben is pursuing a degree in mathematics, with a non-degree interest in English and philosophy. As a bassoonist, Reuben currently performs with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. Previously, he has studied with Nancy Goeres, Janet Underhill, and Richard Ranti, and participated in masterclasses with William Short, George Sakakeeny, Suzanne Nelsen, and Whitney Crockett.

His chamber ensemble, the Kalliope Septet, performed at various venues throughout the Greater Boston area, including a public performance of the Beethoven Septet in Boston's South Station, and two performances at the Smith and Wollensky Steakhouse. Reuben played with the Boston Youth Symphony for four years. Notable performances include principal bassoon on Stravinksy Le Sacre du Printemps, Strauss Ein Heldenleben, Mahler Symphony No. 1, Brahms Symphony No. 3, Verdi Otello, and Puccini Tosca. Additionally, Reuben has spent two summers touring with the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, performing in Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall in Los Angeles, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Smetana Hall in Prague, among others. With the National Youth Orchestra, Reuben worked under the direction of Maestros David Robertson, Christoph Eschenbach, and Valery Gergiev.

He was a runner-up in the Boston Civic Symphony and Boston Youth Symphony concerto competitions in 2015, a merit award winner at the 2015 National Young Arts Foundation competition, and a winner of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras Phillip J. Smith Award in 2016. Reuben was also named the WISE Foundation Emerging Artist of 2016.


The Bach Society Orchestra hosts two annual competitions - the Concerto competition and the Composition competition - to promote the recognition of musical excellence at Harvard.

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