The Five-Minute Interview: Anthony Maiello, Conductor and Music Professor

Posted: January 5, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By David Driver

Anthony Maiello
Anthony Maiello
Photo by Evan Cantwell

Internationally-known conductor Anthony Maiello has been at George Mason since 1986. Currently professor of music and director of instrumental studies at Mason, Maiello conducts the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and the George Mason University Chamber Orchestra, which he founded. He teaches instrumental conducting at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.

Maiello has been a guest conductor for the United States Navy Band, Air Force Band, Army Band and Naval Academy Band. He was named the only honorary conductor of the United States Navy Band and is a cover conductor for the National Symphony Orchestra. He was guest conductor for the International Wind Symphony in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 2005, and he is the conductor on several jazz and classical recordings.

Maiello is the co-author of “Conducting: A Hands-on Approach,” and “The 21st Century Band Method,” and author of “Selected Works for Chamber Orchestra.”

He spent 14 years on the faculty at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York, Potsdam, before he came to Mason. He holds an MS in Music Education from Ithaca College.

For the five-minute interview, we asked him to complete the sentences below.

My earliest memory of music was … dating back to fourth grade in upstate New York. I wanted to play the accordion.

If I wasn’t talking you now, I’d probably be … at my desk arranging details for my guest conducting engagements this coming spring semester.

The last book I read was … “There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem,” by Wayne Dyer.

My favorite kind of ice cream is … chocolate. That’s an easy one.

My favorite television shows are … I don’t watch a lot of television. But my wife and I do watch “Dancing with the Stars.”

Some of my hobbies are … Music is my hobby. It’s my avocation and my vocation. But I thoroughly love to cook, and I work out daily at 6 a.m.

My favorite off-campus venue to enjoy music is … The Kennedy Center.

The most famous musical entertainer I have met is … I have met so many … it’s hard to answer. Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Buddy Rich, Aaron Copeland, Eugenia Zukerman, Doc Severnson, Maynard Ferguson, Leonard Slatkin and Renée Fleming (one of my former students at Potsdam) are just some of them.

One of the exciting upcoming musical events at Mason is … Leonard Slatkin will be a guest conductor of the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra on Feb. 25.

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