Marcelo Urias is quintessential musician with a profusion of remarkable accomplishments as a conductor and pianist. He currently holds the position of artistic director of The Oak Ridge Philharmonia, in East Tennessee. Through innovative and creative programming, Marcelo has led this orchestra to new heights of artistic excellence and public recognition. During his tenure, the Philharmonia has seen an astonishing increase in its audience and revenues.

His guest conducting has taken him abroad in several occasions. He appeared with major symphony orchestras in Brazil, more recently the Londrina State University and the Ponta Grossa chamber and symphony orchestras. Future engagements in Brazil include the Recife Symphony Orchestra, the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra and the Amazonas Filarmônica.

His collaboration with soloists of international standing include pianist Eudóxia de Barros, Jean Laurendeau, Brazilian soprano legend Neyde Thomas, American soprano Jami Rogers, pianists Andrea Baiocchi and Wei-Chun Lo, among many others.

In opera, Marcelo has an upcoming engagement leading students of the VolOpera program of the University of Tennessee and a 2017 production of Bartok’s Bluebeard Castle with the Marble City Opera Company.

Marcelo holds Master and Doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting from the world-renowned Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His dissertation focused on sacred works by Brazilian composer Osvaldo Lacerda. While at Indiana Marcelo served as an Assistant to the Chairman and also lead memorable concerts with University Singers, IU’s premier ensemble and the University Chorale.

From 2003-2005 Marcelo served as Chorus Master to the Indiana University Opera Department, preparing choruses for several productions, including editing the choral score for the American premiére of the opera Jeppe, by Swedish composer Sven-David Sändstrom. In Indiana, Marcelo was also the Assistant Conductor to maestros Gerry Sousa of the Bloomington Chamber Singers and Raymond Leppard of Apolo’s Voice, respectively, assisting in the preparation of the world-premiére of Cary Boyce's oratorio Dreams
and concerts with world-renowned soprano Sylvia McNair.

He won numerous piano competitions in Brazil and has given many solo recitals, chamber concerts besides appearances with orchestra.

Amongst Marcelo's most significant piano and conducting mentors are Henriqueta Duarte, Dr. Jan Harrington and Maestro David Effron.

Marcelo Urias
Marcelo Urias
Marcelo Urias

Concert Schedule

  • March 4, 2017

    Spring and Opera

    La Bohéme, 2nd and 3rd Acts | Beethoven, Coriolan Overture | Schumann, Symphony No. 1, "Spring'
    Singers from the Vol Opera Program, University of Tennessee
    The Oak Ridge Philharmonia

  • April 28, 2017


    Djambazov, Footsteps | Poulenc, Gloria | Beethoven, Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
    Rousse Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
    Rousse, Bulgaria

  • May 20, 2017


    Brahms, Hungarian Dances | Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21 | Beethoven, Symphony No. 5
    Strauss, The Blue Danube
    Marcelo Urias, Conductor and Soloist
    Oak Ridge Philharmonia

  • August 20, 2017

    POPS Concert

    A selection of Italian Movie Themes and Romantic Songs from the 60s
    The Oak Ridge Philharmonia

  • December 3, 2017


    Mozart, Don Giovanni

    Singers from the VolOpera Program, University of Tennessee
    The Oak Ridge Philharmonia

  • February 25, 2018

    Love and Death

    Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet Overture | Wagner, Liebestod | Brahms, Schicksalslied
    soloist, tba
    The Oak Ridge Philharmonia

  • March 25, 2017


    Concerto | Haydn, Symphony No.101, 'Clock'
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    The Oak Ridge Philharmonia

  • May 13, 2018

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