Scott Terrell, Music Director of LexPhil - 2017 Engagements

The Lexington Philharmonic’s Music Director & ConductorScott Terrell will debut with three outstanding orchestras in 2017: St. Louis Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Kirchner-Waterloo Symphony, as well as returning to the Aspen Music School and Festival and The Philadelphia Orchestra. 

This month, Scott Terrell will be conducting The Philadelphia Orchestra in an all-Gershwin Valentine’s Day concert and cover conducting for storied maestro, Herbert Blomstedt also with The Philadelphia Orchestra,February 17-19. Next month, Terrell will make a prestigious debut with the St. Louis Symphony, conducting three concerts from March 17-19, with a return to the Philadelphia Orchestra as cover conductor for their Rachmaninoff Festival on April 25-30. At the end of summer, August 2-5, Maestro Terrell returns to theAspen Music Festival where he will conduct a concert of guitar concerti with Grammy Award Winner,Sharon Isbin. Farther ahead on October 27-29, Terrell will make his debut with the Tucson Symphony and in March 2018, he debuts Kirchner-Waterloo Symphony in Ontario, Canada. 

“These are all tremendous opportunities and projects that will keep LexPhil, as well as my work as LexPhil’s Music Director at the forefront of the industry. It is an honor to represent our institution in the broader orchestral world, and keep our important work vibrant on an international stage” says Scott Terrell, LexPhil Music Director & Conductor.                          

As an Aspen alum, Terrell has made numerous returns to the internationally acclaimed institution over the years. “Scott is an ideal Festival conductor who is supportive of our program and aware of the professionalism required to create a successful musical evening. Scott Terrell’s success in Aspen has amounted to repeat invitations to the Festival” says Asadour Santourian, Vice President for Artistic Administration and Artistic Advisor. Each year, the Aspen Music Festival brings together some of the world's finest musicians, conductors, composers, administrators, writers, and artists. It is a place where young and talented students have the opportunity to learn alongside the leaders in their field.

Terrell’s work with other organizations has helped put LexPhil on the map as a place to expect great talent and musical experiences. “These prestigious guest engagements affirm our Music Director’s artistic abilities, and reflect well on his and the Lexington Philharmonic’s accomplishments. We are pleased to have his talent at the podium of LexPhil, and thrilled he has again been asked to share his artistry in other concert halls.” - Michael McNalley, LexPhil President

Closing LexPhil’s 2016-2017 season, Terrell will lead LexPhil in Beethoven & Brahms and Gershwin & Tao, featuring guest artists Marc Rovetti, violin, Yumi Kimball, cello, and Conrad Tao, piano.

The mission of the Lexington Philharmonic is to foster excellence and innovation in the performance and presentation of great music; to enrich the lives of our diverse citizenry; to educate current and future audiences and to bring distinction to our community through the orchestra’s presence and standing. Through LexPhil’s four core values of artistic excellence, innovation, collaboration and accessibility, LexPhil will continue to move forward, artistically and purposefully, providing world-class musical experiences and impactful educational opportunities for the Bluegrass Region and beyond. 

Now in his eighth season with the Lexington Philharmonic, Music Director and Conductor Scott Terrell has led the orchestra in a significant transformation to align with the organizational values of artistic excellence, collaboration, innovation and accessibility. Scott is passionate about engaging the broadest possible community in music as listeners, musicians, composers and advocates. Through LexPhil collaborations with high schools, colleges and youth performing arts groups, Scott dedicates time and energy to educating emerging musical artists. His programming has expanded the orchestra’s repertoire and enhanced the national reputation of the organization through commissioning of new music, multi-media and interdisciplinary projects and international guest conducting.


All Lexington Philharmonic programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts. In 2016-2017, the Lexington Philharmonic will receive a total of $170,000 in unrestricted support.         

LexPhil’s 2016-2017 Season is presented by the Dupree Initiative for Innovation, funded by the tremendous generosity of Thomas and Ann Todd Dupree.

The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Lexington Philharmonic with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Saykaly Garbulinska Foundation, funder of the Saykaly Garbulinska Artist-in-Residence Program, generously brings innovative pianist Conrad Tao to LexPhil for its Arts In Healthcare partnership with UK Healthcare during the 2016-2017 season.

Special thanks to the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government for its continued partnership in ensuring a flourishing future for the arts in Lexington and central Kentucky.