Scott Terrell Joins the LSU School of Music

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The LSU School of Music is pleased to announce that Scott Terrell will join the faculty as Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies, beginning in January 2021.

Most recently, Maestro Terrell has been Guest Conductor and Faculty Instructor at the Aspen Music Festival and Cover Conductor with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He served as Music Director of the Lexington Philharmonic during a transformative decade (2009-2019) in the organization’s history. Maestro Terrell was widely acclaimed for re-invigorating and raising the artistic level of the ensemble, diversifying programming, expanding collaborations, and increasing community support. During his tenure, the organization received numerous Copland Awards acknowledging an extraordinary commitment to contemporary American literature, and was broadcast on National Public Radio’s Performance Today for the first time. Maestro Terrell was also previously Resident Conductor and Director of Education for the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.

“LSU’s storied orchestral program will enter a new and exciting chapter under the visionary leadership of Scott Terrell,” said James Byo, Director of the School of Music. “Scott brings a perfect blend of musical artistry, teaching acumen, experience, imagination, energy, and humility to LSU and the Baton Rouge community. Opportunities abound. We could not be happier.”

Maestro Terrell is in great demand as a guest conductor worldwide, and has regularly led prestigious orchestras including the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Columbia, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá (Colombia), Philadelphia Orchestra, and more. His affinity for vocal and operatic repertoire has also led to numerous operatic engagements and collaborations, including conducting The Magic Flute with Arizona Opera, Trouble in Tahiti with Kentucky Opera, and a Bernstein gala concert with Opera Hong Kong. In 2000, Terrell was chosen as a fellowship conductor for the inaugural season of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival. At Aspen, he was awarded the prestigious Conducting Prize from David Zinman, an award recognizing exemplary musicianship and promise.

"It is a genuine honor to lead the LSU orchestral program,” Terrell said. “I look forward to beginning this new chapter in my life, and am thrilled to be working alongside faculty, students, administration and the extended LSU community. The LSU School of Music has a strong desire for artistic excellence coupled with rigorous teaching and study. Equally important, LSU supports the continual growth and development of its students and faculty in an evolving musical world."

Please join us in welcoming Maestro Terrell to the LSU Music family!



Cullen Sadler
LSU College of Music & Dramatic Arts