Music Director



American conductor Anthony LaGruth has delighted audiences and critics alike with many exciting performances recognized for their innovative presentation of orchestral music. Roxanne Orgill of the Bergen Record (NJ) observed that, “Mr. LaGruth conducts with subtlety and a refined sense of style that is refreshing.” The Ellsworth American (ME) noted his “…control, musicianship, and involvement with the music.”, and Michael Greenberg of the San Antonio Express-News (TX) said, “Maestro LaGruth brought crisp definition, dramatic sensitivity, and stylishly flexible tempos to the score.” He is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Garden State Philharmonic, Livingston Symphony Orchestra, North Shore Music Festival, and New Opera New York City.

Mr. LaGruth has served as guest conductor in Italy, Romania, and with many New York and New Jersey orchestras. He has worked with some of the greatest composers of our age, including Hans Werner Henze, John Corigliano, and Pulitzer Prize winner Karel Husa. Soloists under his baton have included Frederica von Stade, Judith Ingolfsson, Philip Smith, Christopher Collins Lee, and Neil Sedaka. He is an honors graduate of Ithaca College, earning his Master of Musical Arts in orchestral conducting.

Mr. LaGruth is a member of the Board of Directors of the Conductors Guild, a national service organization for conductors.