Aaron Collins, Conductor & Artistic Director(back to musicians page)
“My music is best understood by children and animals.”
Favorite composer(s) to listen to?
Samuel Barber & John Williams
Favorite composer(s) to perform?
20th & 21st Century Composers
Aaron's middle name is Tune. If he were a girl, his name would have been Joyful Tune Collins.
If you could blink your eyes and be in a favorite place right now, where would it be?
New York City, NY
Hailed for his electric conducting and the compelling insight of his musicianship, Aaron Collins continues to attract national attention and is one of the most outstanding American conductors working today. An award winning composer and conductor, Collins is making his mark in the music world and is recognized for his commitment to creative artistry, innovative programming, leadership, philanthropy, and audience and community engagement. Young and dynamic, he has established himself as one of the most gifted conductors, and musicians of his generation. Collins, a prolific composer has written music both for the concert hall and screen.
Collins serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra. In the past seven years, Collins has served as conductor of the Space Coast Oratorio Society, the Pegasus and Colbourn Brass, Artistic Director of the Melbourne Community Orchestra, Space Coast Brass Ensemble, Trombonanza, Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Artistic Advisor to other local ensembles. Collins also guest conducts and works with ensembles in and around Florida. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of several other arts based organizations.
Although Collins has a solid reputation as a conductor of the standard repertory, he is most known for his work on behalf of new music, programming 20th Century and new works on virtually every program he conducts. In addition, he is an ambassador of young up and coming composers, conducting World Premieres throughout the year. Aaron’s concern for music education and his recognition of the special role an orchestra can play in the community inspired the design and implementation of Symphony for Everyone, designed to provide substantially discounted or free admission to any concert. This program has gained national attention and many concertgoers cite it as their first experience with symphonic music.
Collins travels extensively conducting orchestras throughout the United States. Some notable engagements include symphony orchestras in Tulsa, Indianapolis, Arkansas, Grand Rapids, Seattle, and Los Angeles. Collins is also being recognized for his giving and leadership, being the youngest winner of the ’4 under 40’ award presented by LEAD Brevard and one of Space Coast Business’ Most Admired People. Described as “the next big thing,” “a man on fire,” and “an absolute, powerhouse,” Collins maintains a schedule of more than 250 concerts a year.