Venice is getting an infusion of youthful energy and talent with the selection of Troy Quinn as the Venice Symphony’s new music director and conductor. During a two-year search process, the symphony considered 164 applicants and decided upon seven finalists. Each finalist conducted a concert last season, with Quinn wielding the final baton in May.
The dark-haired, 34-year-old Quinn impressed the selection committee with his knowledge and ability to create excitement with the musicians. “We found him to be well-prepared, calm in rehearsals but demanding in a good way,” says Kevin Bellosa, a cellist and the musicians’ representative to the board.
Quinn will be conducting six of this season’s seven concerts. A professional tenor singer as well as conductor, he lives a cross-continental life. He’s completing his third and final year as music director of the Juneau Symphony in Alaska, teaches at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and serves as music director of the Owensboro Symphony in Kentucky. He lives in Los Angeles, and intends to continue to make that city his home, living part-time in Venice.
A lover of both classical and popular music, Quinn has received recognition across genres, performing both with orchestras and on television shows, including Glee and The Voice and recording with artists such as The Rolling Stones and Barry Manilow.
Quinn, a native of Connecticut, graduated from Providence College, the Manhattan School of Music and the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where he was named the outstanding doctorate graduate of his class.