Richard Arthur Haglund - Founder and Music Director
An engaging communicator of exceptional warmth and energy, conductor Richard A. Haglund is the founder and Music Director of the Erato Chamber Orchestra in Chicago.  This summer he led performances in the Southern Tuscany Festival of Music in Italy.  He is often in demand as a guest conductor, performer and clinician.

As a guest conductor, Maestro Haglund has lead professional ensembles in America and around the globe.  These include the Camerata Chamber Orchestra in Cluj , Romania , the St. Petersburg Hermitage Orchestra in Russia, the Varna Philharmonic and Grabovo Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria, Acapella Orchestra in St. Petersburg Russia and the National Chamber Orchestra of Moldova in Chişinău. Recently he was invited for a second appearance with the Bantul Philharmonic Orchestra in Romania. 

Haglund's diverse experience includes Pops Conductor for the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra's summer season, Assistant Conductor of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and the Bard Community Chorus.  This past summer he conducted the Broadway reading preview of “Song of Solomon” in New York City. 

A native of Minnesota, Maestro Haglund received his musical training on Percussion and Piano.  Haglund holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master's degree in Orchestral Conducting from Bard College Conservatory of Music where he studied with Harold Farberman and Leon Botstein.  In addition to his conducting study, he has studied composition with world-renowned composer Joan Tower at Bard Conservatory. 

Maestro Haglund had additional conducting studies throughout the world with numerous teachers, most notably Gustav Meier, Paul Vermel, Larry Rachleff, Murry Sidlin, William Jones, Apo Hsu and Philip Greenberg.  His previous appointments include Music Director and conductor of the Heartland Symphony (MN), Northeast Orchestra (MN), and Sangamon Valley Youth and Community Orchestra (IL).  He served as assistant conductor of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra for several seasons and visited thousands of elementary students every year in his outreach activities.