Anthony Parnther is Music Director and Conductor of the Orange County Symphony in Anaheim, California. Anthony also serves as the Founding Conductor of the Appalachian Brass Orchestra, Inland Valley Symphony, Orange County Wind Symphony and the newly forged OCYWS. He is also the Artistic Director of the Anaheim Music Festival and the founding Artistic Director of the Wind Symphony Conducting Institute.
The Orange County Symphony has undergone considerable change since Anthony's appointment in Spring 2008. Through aggressive restructuring, the roster of the OCS has expanded to nearly120 members, and focuses upon the large scale works of the early Romantic through 21st Century, as well as exposing and supporting emerging conductors, composers, and soloists from the Southern California community and abroad. In the Summer of 2008, Anthony founded the 60-member Orange County Wind Symphony, which performed it's inaugural outdoor concert to thousands in Irvine, and it's first indoor concert to a near-capacity house in the spring of 2009. The OCWS is quickly gaining recognition as one of the premier organizations of it's type and has been invited to perform the New York Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City in the Spring of 2011 and Walt Disney Concert Hall in the Summer of 2011.
An advocate of new music, Anthony recently led the Appalachian Brass in concert at the International Brass and Chamber Music Festival at the University of Louisville, where they performed and premiered works by leading and upcoming composers Eric Ewazen, Lauren Bernofsky, Anthony Plog, Brian Sadler, Kyungha Ahn, Corrado Maria Sagiletti, Edward Morse and Oystein Baadsvik.
Anthony has been praised by numerous noted composers composers, including Karel Husa, Frank Ticheli, Anthony Plog, Eric Ewazen and Lauren Bernofsky for his preparation and interpretation of their works in performance. Anthony studied conducting with Thomas Jenrette, Roxanne Haskill, John R. Bourgeois, Francis MacBeth, and Frank Battisti.
A multifaceted musician, Anthony has been featured as a conductor and performer in virtually every musical medium from ballet to opera, and musicals to chamber groups and has performed alongside or conducted in concert such noted artists as Jon Faddis, the Ahn Trio, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Sheridan, Ronald Romm, Doc Severinsen, Oystein Baadsvik, Edgar Meyer, Marvin Stamm, Rick Simerly, Mike Vax, Josef Burgstaller, Glen Dodson, Ani Kavafian, and Louie Moyse, amongst many others.
Anthony has been a featured soloist with orchestras and wind bands throughout the Southeastern United States. Previously, Anthony has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, the Virginia Symphony, Symphony of the Mountains, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Roanoke Symphony, Johnson City Symphony, and the Western Piedmont Symphony. He has studied bassoon with Robert Barris and Burl Lane (Northwestern University), Tristan Willems (ETSU) and additionally with Christopher Weait (ret.Toronto Symphony), Judith Leclair (New York Philharmonic), Kim Walker (Indiana University), and William Winstead (Cincinnatti Conservatory).
Anthony currently performs in a number of entites in Southern California including the Vista Winds, Southeast Symphony, Golden State Pops Orchestra, Santa Monica Symphony Woodwind Quintet, Los Angeles Chamber and in a number of chamber groups in collaboration with members of the San Diego Symphony, Pacific Symphony, LA Opera and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Anthony's passion for educating has led private students on to prestigious music festivals such as Sarasota, Eastern Music Festival, Interlochen, Cannon, Music Academy of the West and Tanglewood. Anthony's students have accepted admittance and scholarships at some of the most prestigious schools of music in the United States including Eastman, DePaul, New England Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory, Cleveland Institute and the Colburn School of Music.
Anthony holds active memberships in the American Symphony Orchestra League, National Bandmasters Association, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, the International Trumpet Guild, WorldAssociation for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, International Double Reed Society, Music Educators National Conference, College Band Directors National Association, Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity and the Conductors Guild.