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David Itkin

Director of Orchestral Studies


The 2013-2014 season marks Maestro David Itkin’s 6th year serving as professor of music and director of orchestral studies at the University of North Texas College of Music and his 9th season as music director and conductor of the Abilene Philharmonic. Following a distinguished 17-year tenure, Maestro Itkin was named conductor laureate of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in July 2010, and he served as music director and conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic from 2007 to 2012.

During past seasons Maestro Itkin’s career has taken him to 44 U.S. states and 15 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, including concerts and recordings with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Slovenska Filhamonija, San Diego Symphony, and Seoul Philharmonic. Other guest conducting appearances include concerts with the Colorado Philharmonic; the Annapolis, Illinois, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Cheyenne symphonies; the National Repertory Orchestra; and the Indianapolis, Baltimore, and Reno chamber orchestras. During the Summer of 2006 Maestro Itkin appeared once again with the Slovenska Filharmonija in Ljubljana, Slovenia, conducting the opening concert of the 14th World Saxophone Congress. This season he will appear with the York Symphony Orchestra and returns to the Lucius Woods Performing Arts Park (Solon Springs, WI). In addition, he will give a masterclass at the Opera Breve Intensive Workshop for the 2nd consecutive year and serve as guest lecturer for the UNT Wind Studies Conductors Collegium.

Mr. Itkin’s first film score (Sugar Creek) was recorded in 2006 by the Arkansas Symphony for the film’s 2007 release. His most recent major work, the oratorio Exodus, was premiered in April 2005 in Little Rock, with William Shatner narrating, and was released worldwide on CD in 2007.

In May 2009 Maestro Itkin was awarded both an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Lyon College and the Above the Barre award by Ballet Arkansas.

In addition to his professional schedule, Maestro Itkin regularly serves as a guest conductor/clinician, including concerts with the Arkansas and Maine all-state orchestras and the Southern California High School, Las Vegas Senior, and several Texas All-Region honors orchestras. Mr. Itkin has been asked to lecture for a wide variety of organizations, including SilverSea cruise lines, two consecutive years for the Arkansas Governor’s School, the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras, and a keynote address at the National Federation of Music Clubs national conference.

Maestro Itkin’s previous positions include serving as music director/conductor of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra (1993-2010), music director/conductor of the Las Vegas Philharmonic (2007-2012), music director/principal conductor of the Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra in Chicago (1997-2000), music director/conductor of the Kingsport (TN) Symphony (1992-1995), music director of the Birmingham Opera Theatre (1992-1995), and music director for the Lucius Woods Festival Concerts (1993-2000). From 1988 to 1993 he served as associate conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, during which time he was made Honorary Lt. Governor of the State of Alabama for outstanding service to the Arts.