Scott Terrell


Music Director of the Lexington Philharmonic from 2009-2019, conductor Scott Terrell transformed the orchestra with his imaginative programs, engaging presence, and determined passion for artistic excellence and viability.  An ardent champion of new music and diversity of repertoire, he was a visionary leader with a keen intellect for bringing context to the concert hall. Adept in a broad range of repertoire from masterworks of orchestral canon, new commissions, opera, and works beyond the mainstream, this American conductor can, as critics have noted, “program works that entertain and educate, innovate with new works and revitalize the old.”

In great demand as a guest conductor, important recent debuts have included the Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá (Colombia), Fort Worth Symphony and re-engagements with Arizona Opera, Baltimore Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic and the Aspen Music Festival and School.   Upcoming re-engagements include the Baltimore and San Diego symphonies, and debuts at Miami’s Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Weidner Center for the Performing Arts, and the Mostly Modern Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York.  Maestro Terrell debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra in an all-Gershwin program in 2017, as well as debuts with the St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Vancouver Symphony and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. He has been on the cover conductor staff of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2012, assisting Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin and regularly leading their pre-concert lectures.

Maestro Terrell has led many prestigious international organizations including Houston Symphony, Opera Colorado, Opera Hong Kong, Colorado Symphony, Arizona Opera, Hamilton Philharmonic, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Milwaukee Symphony, Spoleto Festival, Naples Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony, Richmond Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Amarillo Symphony, and El Paso Opera.

Having a strong affinity for vocal and operatic repertoire, Maestro Terrell continues a wealth of projects abroad.  This past summer, he led the Aspen Opera Theater in Missy Mazzoli’s ground-breaking work, Proving Up.  Collaborations with Kentucky Opera have included Stephen Paulus’ oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Osvaldo Golijov’s Ainadamar.  Recent operatic engagements including Opera Hong Kong gala concerts of Bernstein, and Arizona Opera’s production of The Magic Flute.  He conducted Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires at Fort Worth Opera and Arizona Opera in 2018.  In addition, he led a concert production of Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Chaplin’s film A Dog’s Life at the Aspen Music Festival.  Mr. Terrell led a two-week Bernstein festival with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, including orchestral performances and vocal recitals.  Terrell conducted Opera Colorado’s productions of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio.  He has led programs at the Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals including Stravinsky’s ballet Rite of Spring, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.  Additionally, he led the Minnesota Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro.

Previously, Maestro Terrell served as Resident Conductor and Director of Education for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and prior to that was Assistant Conductor of Minnesota Orchestra.  A native of Michigan, Maestro Terrell is a graduate of Western Michigan University, and the University of Minnesota in orchestral conducting.  In 2000, Terrell was chosen as a fellowship conductor for the inaugural season of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival under Music Director, David Zinman.  He has participated in master classes with such distinguished conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Robert Spano, Jorma Panula, and David Robertson.  At Aspen, he was awarded the prestigious Conducting Prize from David Zinman, an award recognizing exemplary musicianship and promise.

-Updated 9/19