RICHARD SCERBO, CONDUCTOR
With the founding of the Inscape Chamber Orchestra in 2004, Artistic Director Richard Scerbo set out to create an ensemble intent on reaching new audiences by performing interesting and relevant programs. An immediate success, Mr. Scerbo created the Inscape Chamber Music Project as a companion to the Inscape Chamber Orchestra. Together, these groups represent one of the most exciting performing organizations in the Washington Metropolitan area. Mr. Scerbo co-founded his first orchestra, The Philharmonia Ensemble, in 2000 with violinist Dale Barltrop while studying at the University of Maryland. As Music Director, he led the orchestra in a series of diverse and exciting programs that included collaborations with artists such as pianist Rita Sloan, soprano Carmen Balthrop, and the Prism Brass Quintet. In 2003, he made his operatic debut conducting Dominick Argento’s A Water Bird Talk with The Philharmonia Ensemble and Handel’s Xerxes with the Maryland Opera Studio. Mr. Scerbo helped launch the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra (Maryland) in 2003 when he was invited to conduct their inaugural concert, and returned again in 2004 to conduct their season opening concert.
Mr. Scerbo is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he studied conducting with James Ross and bassoon with Daniel Matsukawa, Sue Heineman, and Linda Harwell. He has attended conducting workshops in Austria and the Czech Republic working both with the International Festival Orchestra, Kromeriz, and the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic. He has also been guided in his studies by classes with Leonard Slatkin, Heinz Fricke, Gustav Meier, and with Johannes Schlaefli at the Musikhochschule Zurich.
In addition to his work with Inscape, Mr. Scerbo is the Assistant Director for Artistic Planning and Operations at the University of Maryland School of Music. He is also the Managing Director of the National Orchestral Institute, a training program for orchestra musicians on the threshold of their professional careers. Mr. Scerbo serves on the faculties of Montgomery College and The Bullis School, and is conductor of the Montrose Ensemble in Rockville, Maryland.