Ragnar Bohlin

Chorus Director

Ragnar Bohlin began his tenure as Chorus Director of the San Francisco Symphony in 2007. He served as choirmaster of Stockholm’s Maria Magdalena Church and holds degrees from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. He studied conducting with Eric Ericson and Jorma Panula, piano with Peter Feuchtwanger in London, singing with Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda, and through a Sweden-America Foundation scholarship he visited choruses throughout the US. With Stockholm’s KFUM Chamber Choir, the Maria Magdalena Motet Choir, and the Maria Vocal Ensemble, Mr. Bohlin has won numerous prizes in international competitions. Currently teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he has also taught at the Royal Academy in Stockholm and been a visiting professor at Indiana University and Miami University. With the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus, he has conducted J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and B minor Mass, and Handel’s Messiah. He has also appeared as guest conductor of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia and the Madrid Choral Society, and the Swedish Radio Choir and Nordic Chamber Orchestra. He assumed the role of Artistic Director of the Renaissance vocal ensemble Chalice Consort in 2012. In March 2013, Mr. Bohlin was awarded the Cultural Achievement Award from the Swedish-America Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco.

(February 2014)