South Carolina’s Aiken Symphony names Scott Weiss music director

Posted on: June 23, 2022

“Scott Weiss is on track to be the Aiken Symphony Orchestra’s new music director and conductor” beginning July 1, writes Larry Wood in Saturday’s (6/18) Post and Courier (SC). “As the conductor of the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra, … Weiss conducts six masterworks concerts a year…. As the new conductor of the Aiken Symphony Orchestra, Weiss will … conduct not only works from classical music but also holiday favorites and popular standards from Broadway and the American songbook… ‘I love … to conduct the great works by composers like Beethoven and Mendelssohn…. But it’s also exciting to have our Pop Series here as well. That’s a change of pace for me to wear different musical hats.’ … Weiss majored in trumpet performance at Indiana University and, after graduation, played trumpet professionally…. At USC, … he leads the Master’s and doctoral conducting program in orchestral conducting. Some of Weiss’ students and students in USC’s School of Music play with the Aiken Symphony…. The Aiken Symphony Orchestra … was established in 2015. ‘Already in its short history, the orchestra has made, I think, a huge impact on the Aiken community,’ he said. ‘I’m excited to take it over and continue the orchestra’s journey.’ ”