Scott Terrell


Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies, Louisiana State University School of Music


American conductor Scott Terrell has built a major conducting career through imaginative programs, an engaging presence, and a determined passion for artistic excellence, teaching, 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.  After an international search, Maestro Terrell was named to the Virginia Martin Howard Chair of Orchestral Studies at Louisiana State University School of Music in November 2020.  With this appointment, Mr. Terrell will lead and shape LSU’s storied orchestras and instruct the graduate conducting students. 

In great demand as a guest conductor, Mr. Terrell recently lead orchestras worldwide including the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Columbia, Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá (Colombia), Fort Worth Symphony and re-engagements with Arizona Opera, and the Rochester Philharmonic.  Maestro Terrell debuted with the Philadelphia Orchestra in an all-Gershwin program in 2017, along 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, leading their pre-concert lectures.

Maestro Terrell has led many prestigious international organizations including Opera Colorado, Opera Hong Kong, Colorado Symphony, Arizona Opera, Hamilton Philharmonic, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Rotterdam 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.  He has been a regular guest conductor and teacher at the Aspen Music Festival since 2001, leading various concert programs as well mentoring and teaching conducting students.  He returns in 2021, to teach at the Aspen Academy of Conducting.

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