A. Scott Wood is the Artistic Director of Amadeus Concerts and the conductor of the Amadeus Orchestra. The orchestra performs several times each season on our concert series, performs on Amadeus collaborators’ programs and visits schools through the Amadeus Concerts’ Side-by-Side program.
Mr. Wood is also music director and conductor of the Arlington Philharmonic and the Amadeus Orchestra and directs the Montgomery Symphony 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 prepared for a Kennedy Center concert conducted by Leonard Slatkin. 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 Vienna Choral Society, the Reston Chorale, the Fairfax Choral Society, the Navy Sea Chanters, and soloists from the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists.
Mr. Wood conducted the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, was conductor-in-residence of the American University Orchestra, and conducted productions at Eldbrooke Opera, The Washington Savoyards, and Signature Theatre.
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 awarded him a fellowship in recognition of outstanding teachers and their lifelong impact on students. He received the Serage Award for Music Education from the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra. Legendary Bollywood singer Asha Bhosle, the most-recorded musician in history, praised his musicianship to a rapturous audience at Wolf Trap.
Mr. Wood is on the conducting faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music. He has given lectures for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and National Philharmonic at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center, the Goethe-Institut, and the Concurso di Canto Lirico in Peru as well as for Encore Learning, OASIS, and the Borders College of Classical Knowledge.
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. He has been engaged as a guest-conductor for numerous honors orchestras and mentored teacher-conductors through the Fairfax County Public Schools Academy.
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 granted the first joint fellowship of the American Symphony Orchestra League and Chorus America, and was given a study fellowship in Italy.
Mr. Wood lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife Mary, their daughters Emma (born in 2003) and Eileen (born in 2006), and their dog Pixie.