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  In May of 2005 Guy Victor Bordo accepted the position of Director of Orchestras at The University of Akron School of Music. In this role he conducts the University of Akron Symphony Orchestra and the university opera productions each year


Dr. Bordo is also in his 11th season as Music Director and Conductor of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, in Richmond, Indiana. During his tenure with the RSO the orchestra has built a strong reputation for innovative programming and has attracted many fine professional musicians in the region.


The 2006-2007 season featured the debut of a new ensemble.  Along with violinists Alan Bodman and Amy Barlowe, Dr. Bordo has founded Akron Baroque, a professional ensemble including members of the Akron and Canton Symphony Orchestras that perform masterworks from the Baroque period.


Having a strong interest in contemporary music Dr. Bordo has presented a wide range of contemporary compositions. A highlight in this area was the October 2001 residency with the RSO of the great American composer John Corigliano. The RSO, with soloist Maria Bachmann, performed his composition “Chaconne” from the film The Red Violin, for which he won an Academy Award.


Active as a guest conductor, Dr. Bordo made his European debut in 1994 with the Lithuanian National Opera Theatre in Vilnius, conducting Verdi’s La Traviata. He was invited to return in 1997 where he conducted the State Symphony Orchestra, the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, and the Kaunas Opera Theatre in a production of Verdi’s Rigoletto. Additional engagements include Light Opera Works in Chicago and orchestras in Lexington (KY), Cheyenne (WY), Waterloo/Cedar Falls (IA), Fort Collins (CO), the Westshore (MI) Symphony Orchestra, the Virginia Symphony, The Omaha Symphony, and the Elmhurst Symphony in Illinois.


In 1991 he completed his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting as a student of Victor Yampolsky at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.  Dr. Bordo completed his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in music education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He has studied conducting with Gustav Meier at the Tanglewood Music Center, Carl St. Clair, Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, and Elizabeth Green, author of The Modern Conductor.