Aspen Music Festival And School

Scott Terrell Back To Artist-Faculty

Instrumental Focus

  • conductor

Programs Taught

  • Aspen Conducting Academy

Scott Terrell is Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies for the Louisiana State University School of Music. In addition to serving as Guest Conductor and Faculty Instructor at the Aspen Festival, he has served as Cover Conductor for the Philadelphia Orchestra. From 2009–19, Maestro Terrell was music director for the Lexington Philharmonic, where he garnered wide acclaim for 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 NPR’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.

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 and School (now called ACA). At Aspen, he was awarded the prestigious Conducting Prize from David Zinman, an award recognizing exemplary musicianship and promise.

Robert Spano, Music Director

Alan Fletcher, President and CEO