Where did you grow up? Kinnelon, NJ Where do you currently live? Harrison, ME What instrument do you play? Cello Educational background: Eastman School of Music Began More
Music Director Robert Moody
Since his appointment as Music Director in 2008, Robert Moody has gained renown for the Portland Symphony Orchestra through outstanding performances, innovative programming, and deep-rooted community collaborations. Highlights of his tenure with the PSO have included critical and audience acclaim, a fully revamped “Magic of Christmas,” a sold-out gala concert with Renée Fleming, and the establishment of important new works through commissions and premiere performances.
Moody is a frequent guest conductor with orchestras across the United States. Guest conducting appearances include the symphony orchestras of Houston, Indianapolis, Detroit, Seattle, Pacific, Memphis, Ft. Worth, Virginia, San Antonio, Buffalo, Oregon, Charleston, Naples, Anchorage, and many more. Summer festival appearances include Santa Fe Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Brevard Music Center, Eastern Music Festival, PortOpera, Oregon Bach Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and Skaneateles Festival in New York.
Maestro Moody has conducted many of the worlds top classical and pops artists in concert. These have included Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Renée Fleming, Van Cliburn, André Watts, Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg, Dame Evelyn Glennie, Robert McDuffie, Lynn Harrell, The Canadian Brass, Doc Severinson, Celine Dion, The Manhattan Transfer, Martin Short, Chris Botti, Chris Thile, and many more.
A champion of new music, Moody is proud to have played an instrumental role in the commissioning and premiere performances of several important new works for orchestra. These include several works of composer Mason Bates: Free Variations for Orchestra, Ode, Rusty Air in Carolina, and Desert Transport. Also included: Travels in Time for Three by Chris Brubeck, Concerto for Mandolin and Orchestra “ad astra per alla porci” by Chris Thile, and Sabar, a concerto for African drum ensemble and orchestra, composed by James DeMars.
Moody’s work can be heard on three commercial recordings: he collaborated with The Canadian Brass for their “Bach” and “Legends” CDs, and he is the conductor for the CD “4th World,” highlighting the music of Native American recording artist R. Carlos Nakai (available on the Canyon Record label).
Moody has the great honor of serving concurrently as Music Director for the Winston-Salem Symphony (since 2005) and Artistic Director for Arizona Musicfest (since 2007). From 1998 through 2006 he served as Associate, then Resident Conductor of The Phoenix Symphony (AZ). In 2009 he completed a ten-year tenure as head of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s “Discovery” concert series. Prior to 1998, Maestro Moody served as Associate Conductor for the Evansville (IN) Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director and founder of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, conductor for the Interschool Orchestras of New York, and apprentice conductor for the Landestheater Opera House in Linz, Austria.
Born and raised in Greenville, SC, Moody took up the cello in the 4th grade. His voice and cello studies throughout high school (including three years of study at the Greenville County Fine Arts Center – one of the first public high schools for the arts in the nation) took him to Furman University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Church Music, with performing emphasis in both voice and cello. He received his Master of Music Degree in Conducting from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he studied with Donald Neuen.
When not making music, one is most likely to find Robert Moody snow-skiing, hiking, running, or involved in other outdoor activities. He was a founding member of The Phoenix Symphony Running Club, completed his first marathon in 2004, and participates annually in both the “Mistletoe Half Marathon” in NC and the “Beach to Beacon” 10K in Maine.
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