Huw Edwards, Orchestra Director
Huw Edwards joined the music faculty in Fall 2012. He is the music director of the Olympia Symphony, a position he has held since 2003, and he was the Music Director of the Portland Columbia Symphony in Oregon from 2000-12. Active as a guest conductor, Mr. Edwards has performed with the Oregon Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Eugene Symphony, Yakima Symphony, and Salem Chamber Orchestra. He also has worked with the symphony orchestras of Dallas and Memphis, as well as in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, and throughout the United Kingdom. Some recent guest conducting engagements include the Northwest Mahler Festival Orchestra and Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers.
Mr. Edwards was Music Director of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and was a faculty member at the Marrowstone Music Festival from 1998 to 2005. He also was Music Director of the Portland Youth Philharmonic for seven seasons (1995-2002), which included numerous innovations, a coveted ASCAP Award and landmark tours to Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He also has led All-State orchestras in Utah, Nebraska, Texas, Montana and Washington.
Born in Wales, Great Britain, Mr. Edwards holds degrees from the University of Surrey in England and Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He has been active as a conductor since the age of seventeen when he was appointed Music Director of the Maidstone Opera Company in England, a post he held for six years. His principal teachers have been Simon Johnson and Barry Wordsworth (London), Anshel Brusilow and Eduardo Mata (Dallas) and Victor Yampolsky (Chicago).