Branden Muresan, Conductor

A Southern California native, Branden Muresan has studied music since the age of seven. He attended San Diego State University where he earned a Master of Music degree in instrumental conducting, and a Bachelors degree in violin performance.

After conducting concerts given by the San Diego State University Orchestra, and collaborating with the SDSU Opera Theatre for a production of "The Mikado", his conducting career began by appearing as guest conductor for the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra, and the Palomar Symphony Orchestra. He then went on to become the founding director of the East San Diego County Civic Youth Orchestra. In fall of 2005 he was invited as founding director of the Poway Community Symphony Orchestra where he conducted some of San Diego and Orange County's finest community musicians. In fall of 2007, Branden was asked to join the Four Seasons Youth Orchestra as conductor of the La Primavera Symphony. In the summer of 2009, He conducted the Four Seasons Youth Orchestra during their summer tour in Italy. In 2010 he accepted the position of Director of the MiraCosta College Symphony Orchestra.

While completing his Masters degree, he taught at The Children's Creative Performing Arts Academy of San Diego. After graduating, he taught for Carlsbad Strings Association, and the Carlsbad Unified School District, where he also provided string coaching. In 2001, he joined the faculty of Grossmont Community College, and in 2002 he was invited to join the faculty at The University of San Diego, where he taught violin, music theory, and music appreciation and Symphony Orchestra . In the fall of 2007, he was given the opportunity to join the music department at Saddleback College, which he happily accepted. In 2010 he joined the faculty of Miracosta college, conducting the orchestra, teaching violin performance, and music theory. He will be teaching in 2011 at both Saddleback and MiraCosta Community Colleges. In addition, he served as executive director of the ASTA Summer Institute of Chamber Music, located in Stockton, California, from 2007-2010. Branden has also given private violin instruction since he was 18 years old and continues to do so from his San Juan Capistrano home, and also from the campuses of MiraCosta, Saddleback Colleges, and Renaissance Institute of Music.