Dr. Marcello Cormio serves as an Instructor in the School of Music, leading the UK Philharmonia (MUC 191 sec. 401), an all-campus orchestra for music majors, music minors, and any campus community member who plays an orchestral instrument. Weekly rehearsals take place Thursdays, 7:30pm-10:00pm in Fine Arts Building Room 22 (Band Room).
Dr. Cormio is also the Interim Conductor of the Symphony and Concert Orchestras of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, a youth orchestra program serving nearly 400 students from 12 counties and 60 area schools across Central Kentucky.
Upcoming conducting engagements for Dr. Cormio include L'elisir d'amore at the Michigan State University Opera Theatre, and a series of educational concert at the head of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra.
In recent years, he has led productions of Cosí fan tutte and Robert Nelson's A Room with a View at Michigan State University, Street Scene at West Virginia University, and Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro and Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Sarasota Opera Festival.
Among his recent engagements, he has served as cover conductor for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
He has appeared with orchestras around the United States and Europe, including the San Antonio Symphony, the Orchestra della Società dei Concerti di Bari, the Bacau Symphony, and the Orchestra Sinfonica del Conservatorio di Bari.
Dr. Cormio has been active as an educator throughout his career. In recent years, he has been regularly invited as guest lecturer and conductor for opera workshops at prestigious academic institutions, such as the Manhattan School of Music, Indiana University, and Michigan State University. In the year 2014-15 he was on faculty at the West Virginia University as Head of the Opera Program.
Dr. Cormio holds graduate degrees in piano, composition, conducting, and musicology from Italian conservatories and universities, as well as a M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from Indiana University and a D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Kentucky.