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Bruce Polay - Composer, Conductor, Educator

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Bruce Polay

Composer, Conductor, Educator - Galesburg, IL


Destined for music since age 4, Dr. Bruce Polay is the music chair for Knox College and the artistic director and award-winning conductor of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony.

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Bruce Polay, Composer, Conductor, Educator

Professor and Chair of Music at Know College, Maestro Bruce Polay is also the Music Director/Conductor of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony.

"I feel privileged to work both as a teacher and as a performer. My teaching certainly informs my work as a conductor, composer and pianist, just as my concert and creative experiences enhance and shape my classroom perspective."

As professor and music chair at Knox College, Polay teaches courses in music theory, music history, and composition. He also serves as artistic director and award-winning conductor of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, a position he's held since 1983. He is also a prolific composer whose works have been commissioned by celebrated orchestras and institutions, and has a growing catalog of published works. His skills as a pianist and guest conductor keep him in demand around the world.

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