Scott Terrell, Music Director of LexPhil: Summer 2016 Engagements

LEXINGTON, KY – The Lexington Philharmonic’s Music Director and Conductor, Scott Terrell traveled to Aspen, CO as guest conductor with the Aspen Music Festival this month. Highlighting his time at Aspen, Terrell will lead one of the MainStage operas titled ‘A WEDDING’, an operatic retelling of Robert Altman's hilarious 1978 film of the same name, featuring a libretto by Altman & Arnold Weinstein and music composed by William Bolcom. Mr. Bolcom is a major American composer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in music and multiple Grammys. Performances of Bolcom’s opera will take place on July 28 and 30 where he will be in attendance.

Terrell himself is an Aspen alum, and has made numerous returns over the years. “It has been a very exciting time to return to Aspen - as I am an alum of this prestigious festival.  It is with great pride and humility to come back here, and share with the next generation of musicians my expertise and knowledge,” says Terrell. Since his last visit, Aspen has completed a 3 year, 80 million-dollar renovation. The campus he once knew as a student no longer exists and is now home to a gleaming new property including hundreds of practice rooms, 3 large rehearsal halls and an array of administration buildings.

Each summer, 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. “In my cast alone, there are several fine singers from the Houston Grand Opera Young Artist Studio, Kansas City Opera, Cleveland Institute, Chicago Lyric Opera, and the Julliard School. I had to pinch myself this weekend, as I heard many artists known to the Lexington Philharmonic: Midori, Joyce Yang, and David Halen,” added Terrell.

Terrell’s work with other organizations has helped put LexPhil on the map as a place to expect great talent and musical experiences. “It is very important that we as an organization understand—we must be active participants in the field of orchestral music. We must push our comfort zone, and envision fruitful partnerships and relationships that will help us build and grow our organization,” says Terrell.

This fall, Maestro Terrell looks forward to multiple international conducting engagements with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, Canada and the Vancouver Symphony. On October 12, 2016, Terrell will lead a performance of PSYCHO with the Vancouver Symphony and continue his fall engagements  with Canadian Brass  on Wednesday, November 3, 2016 and  Saturday, November 5, 2016. Terrell last conducted Canadian Brass with the Hamilton Philharmonic at Home for the Holidays with the Canadian Brass on December 19, 2015 in Ontario Canada.

Conductor Scott Terrell was appointed Music Director of the Lexington Philharmonic in 2009. Maestro Terrell has re-invigorated and raised the artistic level of the ensemble, expanded collaborations, and challenged its musicians and audiences with greater diversity of repertoire and programs. Terrell is passionate about engaging the broadest possible community in music as listeners, musicians, composers and advocates. His programming has expanded the orchestra’s repertoire and enhanced the national reputation of the organization through new music, multi-media and interdisciplinary projects. Through LexPhil collaborations with high schools, colleges and youth performing arts groups, Terrell dedicates tremendous energy to educating emerging musical artists.

Terrell has conducted many prestigious international organizations including Arizona Opera, Colorado Symphony, Opera Colorado, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony, Aspen Music Festival, Spoleto Festival, Naples Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony, Richmond Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Kalamazoo Symphony, and the Wheeling Symphony.

Maestro Terrell made his highly successful European debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, leading a two-week Bernstein festival including orchestral performances as well as vocal recitals where he served as both pianist and host. Leading an extremely talented international cast, Terrell conducted from On the Town and West Side Story, as well as concert performances of Candide. Further demonstrating his mastery of operatic repertoire, Terrell debuted with Opera Colorado in 2002, leading an acclaimed production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. He received international rave reviews when he returned to Opera Colorado to lead Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio. He has led numerous programs at the Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto Festivals including: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with the Charleston Ballet, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. Additionally, he led the Minnesota Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro in 2001.

Previously, Maestro Terrell served as Resident Conductor of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra where he was artistic director and conductor of the Backstage Pass Series, Pops Series, and Out of the Box concerts. While Assistant Conductor of Minnesota Orchestra from 1998-2003, Terrell conducted hundreds of the Minnesota Orchestra’s performances including Casual Classics, Pops, Family Concerts, Young People’s Concerts, Composer’s Institute, and Sommerfest Concerts. Mr. Terrell made his subscription performance debut in March 2002 when filling in last minute for ailing conductor, Hans Vonk. He also conducted the orchestra’s opera productions of Bernstein’s Candide, and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.

In the summer of 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. At the conclusion of that summer, he was awarded the Aspen Conducting Prize, an award recognizing exemplary musicianship and promise.

The Lexington Philharmonic, founded in 1961, is the only professional orchestral organization in central Kentucky. Last year, LexPhil presented over 200 concerts and educational programs, including its Season Series, Holiday Concerts, Peanut Butter & Jelly Series for young children, Music Builds STEAM education programs, community programs and outdoor summer concerts. More information and tickets can be found at

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All Lexington Philharmonic programs are made possible through the generous support of LexArts. For the 2016-2017 season, 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 Composer-in-Residence Program, generously brings innovative composer Avner Dorman to LexPhil for 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.