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Allan R. Scott

Currently in his eighteenth season as Music Director of the Helena Symphony Orchestra & Chorale, Allan R. Scott has been recognized by Symphony Magazine for his “large orchestra view,” noting that “under Scott’s leadership the quality of the orchestra’s playing has skyrocketed.” Dividing his time between residences in Helena and his native Philadelphia, Scott is also in his nineteenth season as Music Director of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony and has served as the Principal Conductor of the Wilmington Ballet Company in Delaware for the past decade.

Scott recently made his debut with Marble City Opera conducting Puccini’s Suor Angelica “with marvelous attention to Puccini romanticism and dramatic balance” (Arts Knoxville). Scott has also appeared with The Tanglewood Music Center, Royal Opera of Netherlands, Portland Opera, Fairfax Opera Company, Kent Opera, The Bucharest National Opera, The National Radio Orchestra of Romania in Bucharest, New Zealand’s Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Firelands Symphony in Cleveland, Pottstown Symphony (PA), Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, and New Artists Philharmonic (CO).

Scott has become closely associated with the works of Gustav Mahler. He has conducted all of Mahler’s symphonies, and has been the subject for two televised documentaries. New Zealand National Radio noted “A concert with Maestro Scott is as intoxicating as you could wish…and has an all-too-rare feeling of risk-taking spontaneity.”

Having studied piano since the age of five and conducting since the age of fifteen, Scott developed his artistry under conductors Seiji Ozawa and Charles Dutoit. He further refined his craft with Luis Biava, Zdenék Macal, Sir David Willcocks, and Jorge Mester at institutions including the Tanglewood Music Center, California Conducting Institute, The Keene Music Festival, Ogontz Music Festival, and the Conducting Institute of South Carolina.

January 2021


Current & Upcoming Performances

Upcoming Performance Schedule Coming Soon

Past Performances

Stabat Mater
Helena Symphony Orchestra
Helena, Montana

“Mahler in Montana!  Maestro Scott’s programming with the Helena Symphony as one of the most noteworthy and exciting in the United States.” — Symphony Magazine

“The cast and orchestra were led with marvelous attention to Puccini romanticism and dramatic balance by Allan R. Scott.”                                                                                                     — Arts Knoxville

“Allan R. Scott is on a mission to bring music to the people, and if his music is as infectious as he is, then it’s only a matter of time.  He over delivered on his promise to make opera and the music of Mahler one of the most exciting things for Helena today.” — Independent Record

“A concert with Maestro Scott is as intoxicating as you could wish…, and has an all-too-rare feeling of risk-taking spontaneity with the conductor taking the orchestra beyond…, and where the players were caught up in the moment.” — New Zealand National Radio

“While his cautious smile came and went, Maestro Scott worked with ferocity throughout the performance, his expression revealing the urgency and surprise hidden in the music.”-– Independent Record

“One of the more notable concerts this season is Music Director Allan R. Scott’s programming of symphonic masterpieces by Mahler along with rarely heard works, including the world premiere performance of award-winning composer Howard Yermish’s Not the Gentle Hours Rise for orchestra and soprano soloist.”— The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Maestro Allan R. Scott splendidly realizes the awesome spiritual power of a score, and through the works of Beethoven, Shostakovich, and especially Mahler, he found his voice.”— Main Line Times

“He (Scott) delivered the short evocative phrases of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with precision and unity, and with appropriate intensity and style;…wonderfully, he controlled the dramatic intensity at the climax to come naturally and powerfully, accompanied by well thought-out phrasing and articulation, precise rhythm, and musical understanding.” — The Coloradoan

“Maestro Scott’s abilities to captivate listeners and performances is mesmerizing.  Simply put, he is not to be missed!”                                                                                                                                   Chestnut Hill Local

“Maestro Scott’s conducting of this music obviously stirred the orchestra and the audience.  He caught the music’s sturdiness and poignancy, its brightness and introspection, its directness…, its freshness and visceral quality.  And Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 was a grand finale – credit Scott with leading this orchestra in a wonderfully musical concert!”                                                                                                                                  — Main Line Times

Something for everyone has been the mantra of new Music Director Allan R. Scott, as he has attracted audiences young and old to the Helena Symphony, creating a cultural renaissance throughout the state.”   Independent Record

“Music Director Allan R. Scott is a musician for musicians and audiences alike thanks to his charismatic energy on and off the podium.” – Chestnut Hill Local