Santa Monica Symphony announces new Music Director 










We are very pleased to announce that nationally acclaimed conductor, Troy Quinn, has been appointed as the new Music Director of the Santa Monica Symphony. After a competitive search during the 2021-2022 season, Troy was selected by the Santa Monica Symphony Board of Directors and with the help of our musicians, staff and partners.


Troy Quinn, Santa Monica Symphony Music Director


“I am thrilled to be named the next Music Director of the Santa Monica Symphony”, shares Troy. The community of musicians, donors, and audience members alike thoroughly impressed me and I believe it is a perfect match to continue the successful trajectory of this impressive orchestra.”

American conductor Troy Quinn is quickly establishing himself as one of his generation’s most versatile young artists. Going into its 78th season, Troy will help the Santa Monica Symphony continue its mission to provide free quality classical music concerts to the Southern California community.  He currently serves on the conducting faculty at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and has previously served as a faculty member at Providence College.

Lauded for his energetic and riveting, yet sensitive conducting, Troy is in his sixth season as Music Director of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra in Kentucky. He is also the Music Director of the Venice Symphony in Florida where he conducts both the classical and pops concert series. His conducting engagements have included performances with many prestigious orchestras in the United States, including the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, where he serves as the Summer Pops conductor. He is also the former Music Director of the Juneau Symphony.

Executive Director Renée Cunning adds, “On behalf of everyone at the Santa Monica Symphony, we are incredibly excited and honored to welcome Troy Quinn as our new Music Director. Troy is an exceptional talent and we are ecstatic to have his expertise and passion on our team. Under the baton of Troy and our amazingly talented musicians, we look forward to continuing the strong legacy that is the Santa Monica Symphony.”

A native of Connecticut, Troy holds a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College where he received the Leo S. Cannon award for superior achievement in music. He went on to earn a Master of Music with honors from the Manhattan School of Music studying conducting with David Gilbert and voice with highly acclaimed Metropolitan Opera singer Mark Oswald. Most recently, Troy completed a Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music where he studied with Larry Livingston and Jo-Michael Scheibe. At USC, he was awarded the outstanding doctoral graduate of his class. Along with his extensive music training, Troy has participated in numerous masterclasses as a conducting fellow, attending conducting institutes at the Royal Academy of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and the Bard Conservatory of Music. Equally at home in the pop and commercial music world, Troy has performed and recorded with some of the most popular artists of our time, including The Rolling Stones, Barry Manilow, Lee Greenwood, Josh Groban, Jennifer Hudson, Rockapella, Michael Feinstein, and Linda Eder. He has also worked extensively in the television and recording industries, having made appearances on such hit TV shows as Fox’s GLEE, NBC’s The Voice, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno while recording on films like The Call of the Wild and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

The Santa Monica Symphony Executive Team is finalizing its 2022-2023 season and will announce dates and programs in the very near future. For more information on this announcement and Maestro Troy Quinn, please visit the Santa Monica Symphony website (, Troy Quinn’s website (, or call the Santa Monica Symphony at (310) 395-6330.

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