Travis Newton is Associate Professor at Le Moyne College, where he directs the Le Moyne College Symphony Orchestra and teaches courses in music and arts administration. He holds a Bachelor of Music in violin performance with secondary studies in voice and conducting from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master of Business Administration from Le Moyne College.
An experienced musician, arts administrator and educator, Prof. Newton's previous experience includes serving as Operations Director of The Florida Orchestra in Tampa Bay, managing the 74-member orchestra's daily operations, including approximately 200 rehearsals and concerts each season. Travis also served in numerous roles at the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, including Operations Manager, Education Manager, and Director of Community Engagement. As Operations Manager of the SSO, he oversaw the orchestra's tour of the northeast, culminating in a return to Carnegie Hall.
Travis has played and conducted more than 500 performances of Broadway musicals across the U.S. and Canada as well as multiple guest conducting appearances with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Central New York's new professional orchestra, Symphoria. He is a frequent guest conductor of all-county and area all-state orchestras, and has performed as section violinist with the orchestras of Syracuse, Charleston and Greensboro, as well as the Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra at Eastern Music Festival, where he previously served as a faculty member. He has enjoyed collaborating with well-known composers, including conducting the world premiere of Academy Award-nominated composer Patrick Doyle's score for the silent film "IT" at the 2013 Syracuse International Film Festival. He is also a co-creator of Kafka's Metamorphosis: The Musical, which has received dozens of performances, including a run at the New York Musical Festival. The GRAMMY-winning label Broadway Records released a recording of the show, produced by Prof. Newton, in July 2019.
As director of Le Moyne College's music program from 2010-2016, he lead the program through a period of renewal and growth. In 2013, Prof. Newton founded the College's interdisciplinary undergraduate arts administration program, and in 2015 he created new graduate programs in arts administration, including a Master of Science and Graduate Certificate.
Prof. Newton previously served as an officer of the Association of Arts Administration Educators Board of Directors and presents regularly at arts administration conferences in the United States and abroad. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Syracuse Friends of Chamber Music (also serving as Director of Music Programming) and Classical Kids Music Education, a Chicago-based organization that produces the highly-acclaimed Classical Kids Live! symphony concert series.
- “Feeding Tomorrow: The case of Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra” (book chapter in Managing Organisational Success in the Arts, edited by David Stevenson, published by Routledge [a division of Taylor & Francis], October 2018).
- “Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s LUMENOCITY,” case study in the fifth edition of Marketing Culture and the Arts by François Colbert, published by HEC Montréal, 2018.
- Book Review - “The Economics of Music” published in The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, March, 2018.
- “LSO Live: An Entrepreneurial Venture” published in Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, February, 2017.
- "Exploring Connections Between Non-Arts Social Capital and Arts Organization Vitality" published in the American Journal of Arts Management, May, 2016.
- "Symphonic Music in Central New York: A Time of Change and Uncertainty" published in the American Journal of Arts Management, March, 2013.
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