Anthony J. Maiello conducts music festivals, adjudicates ensembles, and presents clinics, lectures and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas and Europe. He conducted musical activities for the Gold Medal Ceremonies at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York and has been appointed an Honorary Conductor of The United States Navy Band and was a participant in the National Conducting Institute with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C. In 2010, he was inducted into the Bands of America Hall of Fame at Music for All’s Indianapolis headquarters.
Maiello received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Ithaca College in 1965 and 1967, respectively, and has extensive experience teaching in the public schools and at the university level. While at the Crane School of Music he served as a Professor of Music and Chairman of Performance. Presently Associate Director and a Professor of Music with George Mason University’s School of Music, Maiello conducts the GMU Repertory Orchestra and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses. From 1996 to 2009, he conducted the GMU Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Under his direction, the ensembles at both Crane and George Mason University commissioned new works, made numerous recordings and appeared at national and international conferences.
Maiello is the author of Conducting Nuances and Conducting: A Hands-On-Approach, and he is a co-author of The 21st Century Band Method. In 2012, he was presented with the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia “Signature Award” for promoting music in America, and just this year was nominated for a GRAMMY Music Educator Award. Maestro Maiello is the founder and Conductor/Artistic Director of the American Festival Pops Orchestra, a professional ensemble in the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area dedicated to promoting and performing the finest in American popular music.