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

Recent Á Upcoming Performances

  • May 19, 2018

    Classical Series

    Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin | Wagner, Liebestod | Beethoven, Symphony No. 8
    Kathryn Frady, Soprano
    The Oak Ridge Philharmonia

  • October 27, 2018

    Classical Series

    Verdi, Nabucco Overture
    Tchaikovsky, Capriccio Italien
    Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite #1
    Bizet's Carmen Suite #1
    Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

  • March 16, 2019

    Classical Series

    Brahms, Academic Festival Overture
    Saint-Saens, Rhapsody Bretonne
    Mendelssohn, 4th Symphony
    Oak Ridge Philharmonia

  • June 22, 2019

    Classical Series

    Ravel, Bolero
    Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake Suite
    Strauss, Blue Danube Waltz
    Salt and Light Dance Studios
    The Oak Ridge Philharmonia

  • October 26 Á 27, 2019

    Halloween Concert

    Saint-Saens, Danse Macabre
    Dukas, Sorecerer's Apprentice
    Liszt, Totentanz
    ...and other 'scary' music!
    Danny Brian, Piano
    The Oak Ridge Philharmonia

  • January 18 Á 19, 2020


    Mozart, La Clemenza di Tito
    The Oak Ridge Opera Group
    The Oak Ridge Philharmonia

  • May 16 Á 17 , 2019

    Classical Series

    Strauss, Four Last Songs
    Rachmaninoff, Symphony No.2
    Kathryn Frady, Soprano
    The Oak Ridge Philharmonia

  • September 5 Á 6, 2020

    Classical Series

    Villa-Lobos, Bachianas 4
    Mozart, Piano Concerto in Eb, K.449
    Beethoven, Symphony No.7
    Marcelo Urias, Soloist and Conductor
    The Oak Ridge Philharmonia

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