Introducing Conductor Finalist Scott O’Neil
Scott O’Neil is currently living a diverse musical life as a conductor, educator, composer/arranger/orchestrator, and speaker on classical radio. He served as the Associate Conductor for the Utah Symphony from 2000-2006 and as the Resident Conductor of the Colorado Symphony from 2006-2015. O’Neil has guest conducted the Houston Symphony, Houston Youth Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Florida Philharmonic, Tucson Symphony, Tulsa Philharmonic, Portland Symphony (Maine), the Lubbock Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake Symphony, the Boulder Philharmonic, the Denver Philharmonic, the Dallas Pops Orchestra, and the Toledo Symphony and Columbus Symphony in Ohio, and he continues to appear as a guest conductor with the Colorado Symphony.
As an educator O’Neil has taught conducting and conducted the orchestras at both the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder as sabbatical replacements for their respective conductors. In the past he served as the director of orchestras at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, and the conductor of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra, he has done multiple conducting masterclasses for the Arapahoe Philharmonic, and he continues to volunteer as a guest instructor for the George N. Parks Drum Major Academy. His TED Talk on Creating Meaning in Music, using his original composition composed for Arrow Electronics, can be seen on YouTube. He has orchestrated works for such diverse artists as Eileen Ivers, Béla Fleck, Ingrid Michaelson, the FACE Vocal Band, Weird Al Yankovic, and Jack Black (Tenacious D). He is a proud alum of the Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, and Rice University, where he was the music director for the Campanile Orchestra. O’Neil remains active in engaging audiences through his radio contributions at Colorado Public Radio Classical (88.1 FM), one-man-shows at the piano, as well as with the Rosetta Music Society, which he founded.