ANTHONY PARNTHER - MUSIC DIRECTOR
Music Director and Conductor
CONDUCTOR SINCE 2019
HOMETOWN Norfolk, VA
EDUCATION Yale University, Northwestern University
FUN FACT In a previous life, the Maestro was an award winning stand-up comic
American conductor, Anthony Parnther, was appointed Music Director and Conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony in San Bernardino, California after a two-year international search. The 2020/21 season marks Anthony's eleventh season as Music Director of the Southeast Symphony in Los Angeles. Anthony also serves as the Artistic Director of Musicians at Play, an organization dedicated to preserving the musical legacy of Los Angeles while raising money for music programs throughout Southern California.
Anthony has embraced an international career that emphasizes his passion for storytelling with audiences, advocating for underrepresented talent in the concert hall, and cultivating inspiring experiences with underserved communities. He has conducted musical luminaries spanning every musical genre including Joshua Bell, Jessye Norman, Yundi Li, Frederica von Stade, Roderick Williams, the Canadian Brass, Kanye West, Imagine Dragons, Jennifer Holliday, Lynn Harrell, and Alan Walker. He has appeared as a guest conductor with orchestras and music festivals throughout the United States and in England, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, China, South Korea, and Australia.
Over the last decade, Anthony has been in demand as a conductor for film, television, albums, jingles, and video game scores in the Hollywood Studio scoring stages. He has conducted the Hollywood Studio Symphony on a lengthy list of the top film, television, and videogame entities in the world. Recent projects include conducting the score for Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Tenet, Little, The Hunt, Fargo, The Long Way Back, The Night Of, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and League of Legends. He has conducted hundreds of sessions for a long list of media composers including Jeff Russo, Edouard Brenneisen, Germaine Franco, Maclaine Diemer, Rob Simonsen, Nathan Barr, and Ludwig Göransson. Anthony has accepted invitations with orchestras internationally to conduct live film concerts, particularly the scores of John Williams, Bernard Herrmann, Michael Giacchino, and Jerry Goldsmith.
Recognized as a leading authority on orchestral works by minority and women composers, Anthony has restored and performed orchestral works by Florence Price, Zenobia Powell Perry, George Walker, Margaret Bonds, William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, and Samuel Coleridge Taylor. He has given premieres of works by Errollyn Wallen, John Wineglass, Gary Powell Nash, and Marian Harrison. He has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by living composers such as Renee Baker, James Wilson, Phillip Herbert, Daniel Kidane, Chanda Dancy, and James Newton. He was profiled by Los Angeles' KCET/TV as a "Local Hero" in 2015 for his extensive community outreach and advocacy for the performance of works by minority and women artists.
Anthony studied music performance at Northwestern University and continued his musical studies at Yale University where he studied orchestral conducting with Lawrence Leighton Smith and Otto Werner Mueller. In addition, he studied education at East Tennessee State University where he had to opportunity to study voice and choral conducting with Thomas Jenrette and wind conducting with Roxanne Haskill, the retired director of the Marine Music Program. He also received guidance from W. Francis McBeth and Frank Battisti. He resides in Los Angeles.