Troy Alexander Quinn, DMA ’05 receives the certificate and hood accompanying his honorary degree
College President Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. ’78, ’82G vests Troy Alexander Quinn, DMA ’05 with a doctoral hood upon the conferral of his honorary doctorate in music.

Troy Alexander Quinn, DMA ’05

Orchestra conductor, vocalist

Doctor of music

Lauded for his energetic and riveting conducting, Troy Alexander Quinn, DMA ’05 is in his seventh season as music director of the Owensboro Symphony in Kentucky and in his sixth season as music director of the Venice Symphony in Florida. He also is music director of the Santa Monica Symphony in California and pops conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. Until 2018, he was music director and conductor of the Juneau Symphony in Alaska.

Troy Quinn, DMA '05, '24Hon.
Troy Quinn

Equally at home in popular music, Dr. Quinn has performed and recorded with some of the most popular artists of our time, including The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Josh Groban, Jennifer Hudson, and Barry Manilow. An accomplished vocalist, he has collaborated with prominent maestros Helmuth Rilling, Carl St. Clair, and Dan Saunders of the Metropolitan Opera. He has worked extensively in the television and recording industries with appearances on GLEE, The Voice, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Disney Hall, and Tanglewood. His recordings are heard in films, including “Call of the Wild” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

Dr. Quinn grew up in Hamden, Connecticut, and discovered his love of musical performance and conducting while a student at Providence College. As a first-year student, he sang in musicals, including “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” and joined the college’s premier choir, I Cantori. He was a member of Special Guest, the all-male a capella group, as well as Friars Club. During a choir rehearsal in Guzman Hall chapel, a professor invited him to conduct the choir for the first time. At his senior recital, he conducted the choir and orchestra in Handel’s Messiah. When he graduated, he was awarded the Rev. Leo S. Cannon Award for superior achievement in music. He taught on the PC faculty as a special lecturer in music from 2007-2010, beginning when he was 24 years old.

Dr. Quinn earned a master’s degree with honors from the Manhattan School of Music, studying conducting with David Gilbert and voice with Metropolitan Opera singer Mark Oswald. He received a doctor of musical arts degree in conducting from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and was named the outstanding doctoral graduate in his class. He now serves on the conducting faculty at that school.

Dr. Quinn resides in Los Angeles.

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