Jim Waddelow posing in blue shirt

Jim Waddelow

Associate Professor of Music; Director of Instrumental Studies

201 Wainwright

(919) 760-8579


Jim Waddelow is one of the most versatile conductors in the South. A native of Oklahoma, he is
Music Director and Conductor of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the
Oklahoma Haydn Festival. Jim also serves Meredith College as Director of Instrumental
Activities, conducting the Meredith Philharmonic, Sinfonietta, Meredith Opera, and musical
theater productions for Meredith Theater. In 2010 he founded White Iris Light Opera in Raleigh,
and the following year he led Meredith musicians on a concert tour of Tuscany, Italy. Guest
appearances have included theater companies and orchestras in Oklahoma, Texas, North
Carolina, Arkansas, Kansas, Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, and numerous all-state and all-region
orchestras. Jim has conducted over 300 performances of more than 70 musicals and operas at
the professional and college level. Previous conducting affiliations include the Oklahoma Youth
Symphony, Lubbock Youth Symphony, Texas Tech University, Next Generation Performing Arts
Camp in Joplin, Missouri, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony in Eureka Springs Arkansas, and
the University of Central Oklahoma. A strong advocate of music education, he has conducted
over 200 guest appearances and clinics in public school programs. A passionate proponent of
the new music of younger composers, he is known for innovative programming. Press reviews
have referred to performances as “bright, articulate, and beautifully balanced”, and “astonishing
precision and polish; a joy from start to finish.” He holds a doctorate in orchestral conducting
from Texas Tech University.

Academic Credentials

Doctor of Music Arts, Texas Tech University
Master of Music: University of Central Oklahoma
Bachelor of Music Education: University of Central Oklahoma

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