Dr. Terry Roberts
Music Director & Conductor
Dr. Terry Roberts began his musical studies at the age of five, first with piano, then horn and cello. Dr. Roberts completed his Bachelor of Music at Florida State University in 1976 after which he went to Cologne, Germany to study with Erich Penzel. While in Germany, he was appointed Solo Horn with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, where he performed for 8 years. He was then appointed Solo Horn of the MonteCarlo Philharmonic Orchestra where he stayed for an additional eight years. While in Europe, Dr. Roberts performed in all the major theaters and symphony halls as a soloist and chamber and orchestral musician. He has performed most of the major horn repertoire, and has made recordings with many esteemed orchestras and artists both in Europe and in the United States. It was while he was performing in Europe that Roberts developed an interest in conducting. Dr. Roberts studied in Cologne, Germany and at the Conservatoire du Nice, France. He was also able to work with many well known conductors from all over the world such as Lorin Maazel, Daniel Barenboim and Sir Neville Mariner.
In 1993, Roberts moved back to the United States and started a freelance career as soloist, chamber and orchestra musician. In 1994, he was a prizewinner in the Professional Division of the American Horn Competition.
While at Florida State University as a candidate for the D.M. degree, Dr. Roberts served as Music Director/ Conductor of the Chipola Regional Symphony Orchestra in Florida through 1998. Currently, Dr. Roberts is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of music at Francis Marion University. He maintains an active performing and conducting schedule throughout the Southeast. Dr. Roberts is Music Director/Conductor of the Florence Symphony Orchestra and the Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra in Florence, South Carolina.