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"The orchestra under the firm control of Jayce Ogren was disciplined and provided atmospheric playing of the highest quality. The scoring starts off rather lean and angular in the opening LA segments, and the reading was appropriately taut and jittery. That yielded soon enough to more expansive, lush scoring and Maestro Ogren lavished us with some gorgeous ensemble playing, accented by tasty solo work, especially the bird-like commentary from the solo flute." - Shalimar the Clown with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, OPERA TODAY, June 27, 2016

"The conductor Jayce Ogren led an assured and fluid performance." - Shalimar the Clown with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 17, 2016

"Jayce Ogren was the sensitive conductor." - Shalimar the Clown with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, June 14, 2016

"John Luther Adams’ “Become Ocean,” performed under conductor Jayce Ogren, was monumental and transcendent." - Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Festival, INDYSTAR, June 11, 2016

"Indeed, Ogren inspired the orchestra to their best, especially in the little-known Estrella de Soria Overture by the Swedish Romantic composer Franz Berwald. It’s attractive music, out of a Germanic tradition but with Scandinavian colours, and I haven’t heard such rich deep sonorities for the ESO’s cellos before." - Bizet, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, and Strauss w/ the Edmonton Symphony, EDMONTON JOURNAL, April 9, 2016

"Nobody ever said Orchestra 2001 couldn't rock - a modern ensemble has to be able to do anything - but perhaps no previous program has challenged this group (a 10-player version) to prove it so vehemently as the one Sunday under guest conductor Jayce Ogren at the Arts Bank. Four composers were heard at their most raucous, in performances that displayed a controlled abandon seldom heard in new-music concerts." - Wolfe, Andriessen, and Higdon with Orchestra 2001, PHILLY, September 23, 2015

“Under inspired leadership by guest conductor Jayce Ogren, the orchestra sounded so lush, so rich, so energized it seemed to have been reborn... Maestro Ogren, tall and expressive in action, conducted like a Svengali, calling forth the best from each player. He also was determined to share the spotlight, calling for solo bows during extended applause.“   - Spanish music w/ the Toledo Symphony, TOLEDOVATIONS, March 1, 2015

“His conducting is clear and stylish, his physical vocabulary stamped with balletic grace and neatness.“   - Strauss‘ Burleske w/ NACO and Emanuel Ax, OTTAWA CITIZEN, October 8, 2014

“The substitute conductor, Jayce Ogren, drew a sparkling, smart performance from the 13-piece orchestra.“   - Britten Opera "The Turn of the Screw" w/ St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, STAR TRIBUNE, May 24, 2014

“It was not only suitably creepy, it was brilliantly done. Under the direction of Jayce Ogren, 14 musicians expertly evoked a persistently troubling mood, and the cast sang each role with clarity, confidence and convincing characterizations.“   - Britten Opera "The Turn of the Screw" w/ St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, THE PIONEER PRESS, May 23, 2014

“The conductor, Jayce Ogren, a newcomer here, was born in Washington and he too has a fine record of concert achievement at a young age. He has a dynamic conducting style, with an apparent inclination toward brisk tempi, and under his baton the orchestra contributed greatly to the success of the Mozart concerto.“   - Sibelius, Mozart & Brahms w/ KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, ARTSMART, May 15, 2014

“Certainly the music was in good hands. Conductor Jayce Ogren was sensitive to the theatricality of fermatas and silences.“   - "Turn of the Screw", New York City Opera, OPERA NEWS, May 1, 2013

“The excellent conductor Jayce Ogren drew majestic, well-paced and nuanced playing from the orchestra.“   - "Moses in Egypt", New York City Opera, THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 15, 2013

“The New [York] City Opera is blessed by a crack ensemble under the alert direction of Jayce Ogren.   - Britten‘s "Turn of the Screw", New York City Opera, MUSICAL AMERICA, February 26, 2013

“The impressive young conductor Jayce Ogren draws a richly colored and suspenseful performance from the skillful players and a terrific cast.“   - Britten Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 15, 2013

“The conductor Jayce Ogren, in his Philharmonic debut, cued [‘Oscillate‘] with precision... Clearly treacherous to play, ‘Try‘ received a brilliant account here. The Philharmonic should consider using it to open a subscription concert.“   - New York Philharmonic Contact! Series, Steve Smith, THE NEW YORK TIMES, December 26, 2012

“In many ways the star of this particular ‘show’ ... is the conductor, Jayce Ogren, who got a thoroughly well-deserved standing ovation.“   - Bernstein‘s West Side Story, Royal Philharmonic, Adrian Hilton THE DAILY MAIL, June 25, 2012

“Jayce Ogren, a young American conductor who recently completed a stint as an assistant at the Cleveland Orchestra, had an impressive City Opera debut, drawing a pulsing, sensitive and brilliant account of this stylistically far-ranging score from the orchestra.“   - Bernstein‘s A Quiet Place, New York City Opera, Anthony Tommasini, THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 28, 2010

“...An emerging young American conductor who recently finished his tenure as the Cleveland Orchestra’s assistant conductor, led short concert pieces by film greats Jerry Goldsmith and Franz Waxman.“   - Walt Disney Hall, LOS ANGELES TIMES, December 9, 2009