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Director of Orchestral Activities

  • D.M.A., Orchestral Conducting, University of North Texas (2014)
  • M.M., Orchestral Conducting, Southern Methodist University (2010)
  • B.M.E., Music Education, University of North Texas (2003)
Gregory Grabowski is the newly appointed Assistant Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities at Stephen F. Austin University where he conducts the SFA Symphony Orchestra. 



Dr. Grabowski moved to Nacogdoches from central Pennsylvania where he served as Orchestra Director at Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, PA). Under his leadership, the Susquehanna University Orchestra increased in size and prestige and was featured in two nationally broadcast public television performances aired in 2017. Prior to his time in Pennsylvania, Dr. Grabowski completed graduate degrees at the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University, under primary conducting teachers David Itkin and Paul Phillips. Maestro Grabowski has led orchestras including the Bakersfield Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Richardson Symphony, Flower Mound Symphony, Lewisville Lake Symphony, and the Fairbanks Festival Orchestra. He has also studied conducting under Don Schleicher, Nicolás Pasquet, Markand Thakar, Robert Franz, Paul Vermell, Samuel Jones, Harold Farberman, and Leon Botstein.



While residing in Texas, Dr. Grabowski served as interim director of the Flower Mound Symphony Orchestra. He was also the assistant conductor for the Lewisville Lake Symphony, guest conductor with the Richardson Symphony and the Dallas Asian-American Youth Orchestra, and served as graduate assistant conductor at both the University of North Texas and Southern Methodist University. Other performance highlights include a benefit performance of the Mozart Requiem, a performance of Shostakovich’s rarely-heard chamber opera, Anti-Formalist Rayok, and a gala concert in the newly opened Winspear Opera House in Dallas with the Meadows Symphony Orchestra.



Dr. Grabowski has taught and advocated for music education at every level from elementary school to professional. He began his career in the public schools of Frisco, TX, where he was the Associate Director of Winds and Percussion at Roach Middle School for three years. Since beginning his orchestral career, Dr. Grabowski has conducted youth orchestras, regional honor orchestras, and has been a guest clinician at numerous high schools. He has also been an adjudicator for orchestra and band competitions as well as student solo competitions. 



Dr. Grabowski grew up in Edison, New Jersey, where he began his musical studies as a jazz saxophone player and woodwind specialist. He lives in Nacogdoches, TX with his wife, mezzo-soprano Dianna Grabowski, and two sons, Ben and Sam.