2022 SWRO Conductor, Patrick Reynolds

PATRICK REYNOLDS is a professor of music at the University of Dayton where he conducts the University Orchestra and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and teaches courses in instrumental conducting. Dr. Reynolds was the recipient of the 2020 University of Dayton Faculty Award in Teaching.

Beyond his duties at the University of Dayton, Reynolds serves as Associate Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Annually, he conducts the DPO in its Young People’s and Magic Carpet concerts, reaching thousands of students across the Dayton metropolitan area. In addition, he has conducted the DPO in classical, pops, family and rock series concerts. In recent seasons he has conducted Dayton Opera productions of Verdi’s La Traviata, Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Menotti’s The Consul, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance and Puccini’s La Boheme. In December he will conduct the Dayton Opera production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.

Currently in his 22nd season as conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, he mentors many of the most gifted high school musicians in our region. Founded in 1937, the DPYO is selected from the region’s finest young musicians, and is one of the nation’s oldest and most distinguished youth orchestra programs.

Reynolds earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of Michigan School of Music.

He is married to Sonya Szabo-Reynolds, a pianist, Czech music specialist, and respected piano pedagogue.



Hector Berlioz – Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust

Bedrich Smetana – The Moldau

Mary D. Watkins – Soul of Remembrance

John Williams – Adventures on Earth 

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Katie Harford
OMEA SW Region Chair
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