Scott Terrell

Virginia Martin Howard Associate Professor, Director of Orchestral Studies



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 is a visionary conductor whose artistry and intellect has engaged musicians, students, and audiences. Maestro Terrell is the Associate Professor of Orchestral Studies, holding the Virginia Martin Howard Chair, at the Louisiana State University School of Music.

As a guest conductor, Mr. Terrell recently led programs with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Columbia, Baltimore Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá, Fort Worth Symphony, Kitchen-Waterloo Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic. Upcoming 2023-24 engagements include his debut at the Ravinia Festival and return stints with the Atlanta Symphony and Colorado Symphony.

Passionate about working with aspiring musician and educators, Terrell is an active guest clinician, teacher, and adjudicator. He has been a regular guest conductor and instructor at the Aspen Music Festival, leading various concert programs as well as guiding and mentoring conducting students. In demand as an educator and teacher of young musicians, he has conducted and presented at educational and honor orchestra events in Colorado, New York, Minnesota, Texas, Louisiana, Michigan, and Massachusetts.

Maestro Terrell has conducted many prestigious international organizations including Philadelphia Orchestra, St. Louis Symphony, Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, National Arts Centre Orchestra Opera Colorado, Opera Hong Kong, Arizona Opera, Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Milwaukee Symphony, Spoleto Festival, Naples Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and the Mostly Modern Festival.

Mr. Terrell was Music Director of the Lexington Philharmonic for a transformative decade (2009-2019) in the organization’s history. He re-invigorated and raised the artistic level of the ensemble, diversified programming, expanded collaborations, and increased community support. The orchestra was awarded numerous Copland Awards, highlighting his ongoing commitment to contemporary American composers. The orchestra was also broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today for the first time in its history during his tenure.

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. Terrell was chosen as a fellowship conductor and prestigious Conducting Prize winner at American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival under Music Director, David Zinman.


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Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803