Artistic Leadership

Music Director/Conductor

Peter Bay became the Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra in 1998. He is also Conductor of the Big Sky Classical Festival Orchestra (MT).

Maestro Bay has appeared with over eighty different orchestras including the National, Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore, New Jersey, North Carolina, San Antonio, Tucson, West Virginia, Colorado, Hawaii, Sarasota, Fort Worth, Bochum (Germany), Carinthian (Austria),  Lithuanian National, and Ecuador National Symphonies, the Minnesota and Algarve (Portugal) Orchestras, the Louisiana, Buffalo, Arizona, Rhode Island and Boca del Rio (Mexico) Philharmonics, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Eastman Postcard from Morocco and Aspen he Ballad of Baby Doe Opera Theaters, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. Summer music festival appearances have included Aspen and Music in the Mountains (CO), Grant Park and Ravinia (IL), Round Top (TX), OK Mozart (OK) and Skaneateles (NY).  In June 2018 he led performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass as part of the Bernstein100Austin celebration. Read more


Assistant Conductor

Asstistant Conductor, Pablo Zamora, originally hailing from Costa Rica, has conducted prestigious orchestras across the globe, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, the National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the University of Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra. His remarkable career reflects his dedication to both performance and education, making him a perfect fit for ASO’s commitment to musical excellence and community engagement.

In addition to his professional conducting career, Zamora is a devoted music educator. He has worked with numerous youth and community orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Atlanta Music Project, the National Honor Orchestras of the National System of Music Education of Costa Rica and Orquesta Humanidades of the University of Costa Rica. His leadership in these programs has helped nurture young talent and foster a love of classical music. Read more