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Message from the Director, Maestro Darryl One

Music Director

If you are like me, traveling to locations both far and exotic is a wonderful thing to be able to do. However, we often don't have the time or resources to go to the four corners of our planet. So, we hope to alleviate some of that wanderlust by taking you on several musical journeys throughout and even outside Planet Earth this season with our "Symphonic Travelogue". Each concert will take us along some of the most famous travel routes in history by presenting the works of composers from those countries. Following the path of the NASA satellite Voyager 1, we will hear a performance of Holst's work The Planets complete with video of the planets and space along with narration. We will also follow some of the oldest trade routes throughout Europe and Asia such as the Silk Road where we will hear the traditional Chinese instrument, the erhu, along with a trip along Persia and the Orient in Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherezade, the Orient Express along European routes featuring England's Edward Elgar an his Cello Concerto thru France's Claude Debussy and his wonderful tone poem about the sea La Mer, and the Amber Road thru Italy and the area formerly known as Czechoslovakia by presenting Rossini's Gazza Ladra Overture and two tone poems by Czechs Joseph Suk and Antonin Dvorak. We will also be presenting several upcoming soloists including the Indianapolis International Violin Competition Silver Medalist Tessa Lark, erhu virtuoso Jieben Chen, and Van Cliburn prize winner Haochen Zhang. Travel the world with world class soloists, exotic instruments, and orchestral masterpieces both old and new with your home musical travel agency, the Victoria Symphony Orchestra!


Darryl One, Music Director

Having conducted orchestras throughout the world, Darryl One has built an impressive career as music director and guest conductor throughout orchestras in America.   Currently Music Director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra,  Mr. One’s past positions include Associate Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony, National Endowment for the Arts / Affiliate Artists Resident Conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic, and Associate Conductor for the Denver and Charlotte Symphonies, and Music Director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.  He has appeared as guest conductor with major orchestras such as the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Teleman Orchestra of Osaka as well as regional orchestras like the Alabama Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, and Syracuse Symphony. Mr. One has conducted at many summer festivals as well such as the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Harbor Lights in Boston, and the MasterWorks Festival in Indiana. Active in the operatic field as well, Mr. One has conducted with Opera Memphis and the Orlando Opera. 


Music Director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra since 1995, Mr. One has almost doubled the number of concerts the orchestra performs during his tenure. With innovative combinations of thematic programming, staging, lighting, and concert formats, the orchestra has increased its audience while maintaining a high level of performance.  More importantly, Mr. One has raised the artistic level of the orchestra, making it one of the best orchestras in southern Texas. Many past members of the orchestra who began their orchestral careers with the VSO have gone on to careers with large regional and major orchestras.     


Mr. One’s past positions include six successful seasons as Music Director of the Modesto Symphony.   Over his tenure, he expanded subscription doubles to triples, added a family series set of concerts, founded the Modesto Symphony Chorus, and began an annual local talent search (“Symphony Idol”) for promising young musicians.  His performances have been marked with a series of concert collaborations with local arts organizations, regular premieres, and innovative use of multimedia and theatrical elements. 


As Associate Conductor with the Atlanta Symphony, Mr. One conducted on all regular series, special event concerts, designed and conducted the orchestra’s extensive education program, and was the primary conductor for the orchestra’s summer series at Chastain Park.  He was also editor for all the orchestra’s broadcasts on NPR. Prior to his post in Atlanta, Mr. One was National Endowment for the Arts/Affiliate Artist Resident Conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Associate Conductor for the Denver and Charlotte Symphonies.  


Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. One began his career in mathematics at Illinois State University and subsequently changed his major to music.  He received his undergraduate and masters degrees in composition and later attended Indiana University, completing a masters in conducting.  He participated in the Hans Swarowksy Conducting Competition in Vienna and was invited to attend Erich Leinsdorf's Symposium for Young Conductors in Aspen, Colorado.  Mr. One has recorded a number of new American works for the American Symphony Orchestra League's American Music Project with the Denver Symphony and the Oregon Symphony.  He was also one of four conductors invited to conduct the New World Symphony in Miami for the American Repertoire Project, a program designed to highlight young conductors in America.


Particularly committed to education, Mr. One has conducted many all-state youth orchestras, several college orchestras, taught as a professor and served as music director for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.  His culturally relevant education programs have been the center of acclaimed educational concerts in Rochester and Atlanta and he has been a frequent speaker and lecturer both on and off the podium as an advocate for symphonic music. 


Beginning this coming summer, Mr. One will direct the orchestral conducting program at the MasterWorks Festival where he regularly conducts every summer.  This festival trains tomorrow’s young musicians and features mentoring with members of major orchestras throughout the world such as the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.


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