Pops II – Robert Moody
Internationally acclaimed conductor Robert Moody is currently enjoying his eighteenth season as music director of Arizona Musicfest and seventh season as music director of The Memphis Symphony Orchestra (Tennessee). Under his artistic leadership, Arizona Musicfest has become the premiere winter music festival orchestra in North America, boasting a roster comprised of players from the world’s greatest orchestras, and the Memphis Symphony has enjoyed exponential growth in programming, recording, new commissions and endowment growth to well over $25 million dollars.

Prior to Memphis, Moody was music director for both the Portland Symphony (Maine) and the Winston-Salem Symphony (North Carolina). Before that, he held conducting positions with the Phoenix Symphony, Evansville Philharmonic, Santa Fe Opera, Brevard Music Center, New York City Youth Orchestra and Landestheater Linz Opera House in Austria.

He has conducted many of the major orchestras of the world, including Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Dallas and Houston Symphonies, Aachen Symphony Orchestra in Germany, Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogotá and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. He is a frequent guest conductor in South Africa, conducting the three major orchestras there – Cape Town, Johannesburg, and KZN Philharmonic in Durban.

This season, he makes debuts with Philharmonie Baden-Baden (Germany), Louisiana Philharmonic (New Orleans), Sewanee Summer Music Festival (TN), Lakeland Opera (FL) and Yakima Symphony Orchestra (WA).

A South Carolina native, Moody holds degrees from Furman University and the Eastman School of Music, where he earned his conducting degree with Donald Neuen.

Moody is an avid runner, swimmer, history buff, “Jeopardy!” addict and snow-skier. [Photo by Arielle Doneson]