Enjoying a wide and varied career as a professional conductor, Darryl One has conducted a variety of orchestras encompassing a wide scope of repertoire and concerts formats throughout the United States.  Currently Music Director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra,  Mr. One’s past positions include Associate Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony, National Endowment for the Arts / Affiliate Artists Resident Conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic, and Associate Conductor for the Denver and Charlotte Symphonies, and Music Director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.  He has appeared as guest conductor with major orchestras such as the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, Oregon Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Tokyo Philharmonic, and the Teleman Orchestra of Osaka as well as regional orchestras like the Alabama Symphony, Omaha Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, and Syracuse Symphony. Mr. One has conducted at many summer festivals including the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts, the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, and Harbor Lights in Boston. Active in the operatic field as well, Mr. One has conducted with Opera Memphis and the Orlando Opera. Orchestras Mr. One made has made his debut with recently are the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Lexington Philharmonic, South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of Southeast Texas, Flagstaff Symphony, the Midland Symphony, the Sioux City Symphony and the Saginaw Bay Symphony.

Music Director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra since 1995, Mr. One has almost doubled the number of concerts the orchestra performs during his tenure. With innovative combinations of thematic programming, staging, lighting, and concert formats, the orchestra has increased its audience while maintaining a high level of performance.   Mr. One created a highly-successful Family Concerts series and a special outdoor symphonic jazz concert in Victoria.    

Mr. One is also the Program Director and creator of the Masterworks Festival Orchestral Conducting Program .   In addition to leading the orchestras of the festival every summer, he teaches a comprehensive 4-week program for orchestral conductors that prepares them for professional conducting careers.

As Music Director of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra.   he expanded subscription doubles to triples, added a family series set of concerts, founded the Modesto Symphony Orchestra   Chorus, and began an annual local talent search (“Symphony Idol”) for promising young musicians.   His performances have been marked with a series of concert collaborations with local arts organizations, regular premieres, and innovative use of multimedia and theatrical elements. As an orchestral arranger, he also created custom orchestral arrangements for the orchestra’s pops and Christmas concerts.


As Associate Conductor with the Atlanta Symphony, Mr. One conducted on all regular series, special event concerts, designed and conducted the orchestra’s extensive education program, and was the primary conductor for the orchestra’s summer series at Chastain Park.  He was also editor for all the orchestra’s broadcasts on NPR. Prior to his post in Atlanta, Mr. One was National Endowment for the Arts/Affiliate Artist Resident Conductor for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Associate Conductor for the Denver and Charlotte Symphonies.  

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Mr. One began his career in mathematics at Illinois State University and subsequently changed his major to music.   He received his undergraduate and masters degrees in composition and later attended Indiana University, completing a masters in conducting.   He participated in the Hans Swarowksy Conducting Competition in Vienna and was invited to attend Erich Leinsdorf's Symposium for Young Conductors in Aspen, Colorado.   Mr. One has recorded a number of new American works for the American Symphony Orchestra League's American Music Project with the Denver Symphony and the Oregon Symphony.   He was also one of four conductors invited to conduct the New World Symphony in Miami for the American Repertoire Project , a program designed to highlight young conductors in America.

Mr. One has also conducted many all-state youth orchestras, taught as a professor, adjunct, and guest clinician in several college orchestras, and served as music director for the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.. His culturally relevant education  programs have been the center of acclaimed educational concerts in Rochester and Atlanta and he has been a frequent speaker and lecturer both on and off the podium as an advocate for symphonic music.   

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