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The Scottsdale Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (SPYO) is a dynamic group of musicians who come together to perform great works of music. Under the baton of Dr. Daniel Atwood, the SPYO produces four exciting concerts a year that explore compositions by great composers including Elgar, Holst, Bach, Schumann, Diabelli, Mozart, Beethoven, and many more. The SPYO is designed for students who attend high school, but also accepts younger musicians who play at the high school level.
Dr. Daniel Atwood is an experienced teacher, conductor, and performer who has appeared across the United States and Europe. He currently is a member of the Scottsdale Philharmonic’s conducting team and as well as Director of the Scottsdale Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Dr. Atwood was appointed Principal Horn of the Scottsdale Philharmonic (AZ) in 2018. He also holds positions with the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra (MO) and La Forza Chamber Orchestra (AZ). Dr. Atwood teaches K-2 Music at Archway Classical Academy Veritas and is the Director of the ACAV String Club.
Before coming to Arizona, Dr. Atwood performed with the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra (VA), The Virginia Consort (VA), Rockbridge Choral Society (VA), Lynchburg Symphony Orchestra (VA), Panama City Pops Orchestra (FL), and Sinfonia Gulf Coast (FL). He has made solo appearances with the Scottsdale Philharmonic and was a Contributing Artist at the 2017 IHS South East Horn Workshop.
Dr. Atwood has lectured at the Arizona Music Educators Association Conference, the International Horn Society’s South East Horn Workshop, and Auburn University. As a Graduate Assistant at James Madison University, he taught Music Theory, Horn Fundamentals, Horn Lessons, and served as Director of the JMU Horn Choir.
Dr. Atwood earned his D.M.A. in Horn Performance from James Madison University, a M.M. in Brass Performance from Florida State University, and a B.M. in Horn Performance from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His teachers have included Ian Zook, Michelle Stebleton, Alan Mattingly, Nicholas Kenney, and Harold Oliver.
SCOTTSDALE PHILHARMONIC MUSIC DIRECTOR
YOUTH SYMPHONY CONDUCTOR
Dr. Daniel Atwood