A. Scott Wood is the music director and conductor of the Arlington Philharmonic and the Amadeus Orchestra. Mr. Wood also directs the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the George Washington University Orchestra and the National Cathedral School and St. Albans School Orchestra.
He has guest-conducted the Wolf Trap Orchestra, the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, the Brevard (North Carolina) Philharmonic, the Rutgers Sinfonia, and the Washington Symphonic Brass, which he has conducted for the 2017 International Trumpet Guild Conference and at the Kennedy Center and Washington National Cathedral. He has also appeared as a guest conductor for the Kennedy Center’s popular Messiah Sing-Along and worked with many choral ensembles, including the US Army Chorus, the US Navy Sea Chanters, the Vienna Choral Society, the Reston Chorale, the Fairfax Choral Society, and soloists from the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists.
Mr. Wood conducted the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival and was conductor-in-residence of the American University Orchestra. He led productions at Eldbrooke Opera, The Washington Savoyards, and Signature Theatre and collaborated with Bowen McCauley Dance.
He has been lauded in as “an incredible talent” by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and recognized for achievement in the arts by the American Association of University Women. In 2016 the National Cathedral School named him distinguished holder of the Roeckelein Chair in Music and awarded him a fellowship in recognition of outstanding teachers and their lifelong impact on students. Legendary Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, the most-recorded musician in history, praised his musicianship to a rapturous audience at Wolf Trap in 2016.
Mr. Wood is on the conducting faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music, where he long directed the Washington Conservatory Orchestra. He has given lectures for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center, and spoken at the Smithsonian Institution, the Goethe-Institut, the Concurso di Canto Lirico in Peru, for Encore Learning, Johns Hopkins University’s OASIS, and the Borders College of Classical Knowledge. He is an advisor to the prestigious Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, a biennial international event.
Mr. Wood has worked with young musicians as well, including the American Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Shenandoah Valley, Potomac Valley, Chesapeake, Prince William, and D.C. Youth Orchestras as well as George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy and at Columbia Union College. He has been engaged as a guest-conductor for numerous honors orchestras and mentored teacher-conductors through the Fairfax County Public Schools Academy. He received the Serage Award for Music Education from the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra.
Born into a military family, Mr. Wood traveled extensively as a young man and learned the trumpet in a German Musikverein. While attending the University of Illinois, he went to London as a finalist in the International Trumpet Guild Solo Competition. He subsequently was a fellow at the International Conductor’s Workshop in the Czech Republic, was the recipient of the first-ever conducting fellowship given jointly by the League of American Orchestras and Chorus America, and received a grant for study in Italy.
Mr. Wood lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Mary, their daughters Emma and Eileen, and their dog Pixie.
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