Conductor’s Corner

Welcome Guest Conductor Scott Woodard

Warm your chilly February Saturday evening by joining the Butler Philharmonic & the Fitton Center as we welcome Guest Conductor Scott Woodard who will conduct at the live art show.

Maestro Woodard comes to Hamilton from West Virginia where he is the Founding Artistic Director & Conductor of the Charleston Chamber Orchestra and the Cover Conductor for the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. He is also the Conductor and Organizer of the Orchestra of the Hills and Chorus, a benefit concert first held in 2016 to benefit the schools of West Virginia that were devasted in massive flooding in June of that year. Over $15,000 in relief funds were shared among the affected schools from this event which has now happens annually and continues to benefit humanitarian causes.

In a career approaching the 3-decade mark, Maestro Woodard has worked with a wide range of students. He has taught in public school band programs at both middle school and high school, and he has taught at the college level. He has taught both music and conducting; and has arranged and overseen tours, both international and domestic. Maestro Woodard’s guest conductor appearances have been in St. Petersburg, Russia; Macon, Georgia; several regional orchestras in West Virginia; and Ohio,

Maestro Woodward earned his Doctor of Musical Arts from Boston University, and both his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degrees from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. He has studied conducting in St. Petersburg, Russia, and done private study with Maestros Leonid Korchmar, Oleg Proskurnya, and Adrian Gnam. He has won conducting competitions in the US and abroad. Maestro Woodward’s professional memberships include The Conductor’s Guild and the National Association for Music Education.

Check out our interview with Scott Woodard here!

Welcome Guest Conductor Scott Wyatt

Scott Wyatt is an internationally recognized opera singer and symphony soloist having sung in most of the major opera companies and many symphony halls throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is also a professional choral director, now directing four different ensembles: The Voices of Sumphonia, Concordia Sacrae, Trance and the Cincinnati Holiday Choir. In addition to his professional work as an opera singer and choral conductor, he is also a professor of voice and choral studies, having taught at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Xavier University, Northern Kentucky University, Florida College and at present, Cincinnati Christian University. Mr. Wyatt has voice students performing on Broadway and in the major opera houses across the world. He is also a sought-after lecturer on improving music in worship throughout the United States and Canada, as well as a full-time Gospel Preacher at the New Richmond Church of Christ.

UPDATE: Scott Wyatt named interim conductor. Learn more here!

Welcome Guest Conductor Jaime Morales-Matos

The Butler Philharmonic welcomes our first guest conductor of the 2019-2020 season, Jaime Morales-Matos. Maestro Morales is on loan to us from the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, where he has been serving as Music Director since 2002. He has served as Music Director or Guest Conductor for several orchestras, including the Cincinnati Philharmonic, Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra, the Miami University Orchestra, and orchestras in Houston, Dayton, Columbus, New York, and in Ecuador, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Maestro Morales-Matos studied trombone and earned his Bachelor in Music at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. From there he continued his studies in Cincinnati and internationally in Vienna, Austria; Switzerland; and Munich, Germany. His conducting studies has allowed him to study with such greats as James Levine, David Zinman, Jorma Panula, and Leonard Bernstein, among others, in places like Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Aspen, and Michigan.

Maestro Morales-Matos is also an award-winning composer, having taken 1st Prize at both the Founders Award, National Society of Arts and Letter; and the National Music Club. He was a winner of the Concerto Competition at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music and the Indiana University School of Music.

Check out our interview with Jaime here!