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Message from the Director, Maestro Darryl One

Music Director

It is with great pleasure that I announce the 46th season of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. Our orchestra has grown in so many ways, but it has been especially strong artistically as the performances have simply become better in all ways. Our orchestra members who play all over Texas tell me our orchestra is considered the best artistically of South Texas orchestras.  That growing strength is allowing us to tackle repertoires we have thus been unable to perform before, and our upcoming season is a testament to that strength and our artistic future.  I am looking forward to this season more than any other, and I believe you will be as excited and delighted in what we have in store for you!

First of all, the guest artists are as exciting and talented as they have ever been. Caroline Campbell brings that crossover talent, having performed with jazz trumpeter Chris Botti and singer Andrea Bocelli, recorded on the soundtracks of Hunger Games and Frozen, and with artists such as Carrie Underwood, Paul McCartney, Barbara Streisand, and more.  Australian Amy Dickson brings her talents on the saxophone to the sax concerto by John Williams from the movie "Catch Me If You Can."  We will later feature our first virtuoso accordionist, and our final and fifth Cliburn Project winner.  Our annual pops concert will feature Super Diamond - the Neil Diamond Tribute with all the familiar hits from this iconic artist’s repertoire.

Secondly, we will be presenting some of the most epic and challenging works the VSO has ever faced starting with Mahler's Fifth Symphony and ending with Strauss' Alpine Symphony.  We will also be bringing back favorites such as Copland's Appalachian Spring, Tchaikovsky's Fourth, and playing for the first time the Brahms Serenade #1. 

With monumental and familiar concert works, diverse and star-studded guest artists, and the ever-growing excellence of the orchestra, how can anyone stay away?  Come for our most challenging, diverse, and exciting season of my tenure as music director with your very own 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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