Brian Worsdale is the music director of Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Mr. Worsdale attended public schools, the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division, and received his formal music training as a trombone student of David Finlayson (member of the New York Philharmonic). He is a conducting protégé of the late Maestro Jonathan Strasser (formerly on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music) and has continued his professional studies working with Larry Livingston (faculty at the University of Southern California) and Anthony Maiello (faculty of George Mason University). He has recently returned to the Manhattan School of Music as conductor of the Pre-College Division Symphony Orchestra.
His work as a guest clinician and adjudicator has brought him to cities throughout the United States. He has conducting Texas’ Region 23 Orchestra, The Southeastern Regional Orchestra for the State of Virginia and many other honor bands and orchestras. He is a senior teaching artist and consultant for The New York Pops and helps run their Kids on Stage program.
Having appeared on the podiums of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, The Williamsburg Consort (VA), The Westchester Symphonic Winds, The Brooklyn Wind Symphony, The Kilkenny Youth Orchestra (Ireland), and the Royal Spa Brass Band (UK), he is in active demand as a guest conductor and clinician, frequently working with middle school and high school programs across the country. He is a champion of new music and young artists, having commissioned works for both wind ensembles and orchestras, including many new works from composer Michael Markowski.
Perhaps most importantly, Mr. Worsdale’s commitment to education shines brightest through his entrepreneurial efforts to build stronger wind band programs in New York City. The award-winning “InterSchool Orchestra of New York” Symphonic Band, which is one of the only private youth wind ensembles in the Metropolitan New York area, is an ensemble he began more than two decades ago. He is currently serving as Music Director and Conductor of the entire ISO organization and leads the Symphony Orchestra. And on Monday nights, you will find him in Brooklyn conducting the Grand Street Community Band.
During the summer months, Brian calls Delaware County, New York his home where he serves as artistic director and conductor of the French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts. There, he leads the symphony orchestra, conducting classes, and numerous pit orchestras while supervising one of the largest and most comprehensive summer performing arts programs in the United States.