• "He has The Gift"

    Raymond Jones

    (WHRO Classical FM)



    He is an internationally award-winning music professional currently serving as Music Director and Conductor of the Symphonicity Orchestra and Chorus, Principal Conductor of the International Composers Festival in East Sussex of the United Kingdom, Flight Commander and Conductor for the United States Air National Guard Band of the Southwest, and faculty instructor at the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music at Old Dominion University. As a recording producer for numerous CD albums, and conductor or performer around the world, his live and recorded concerts for television, radio, and internet broadcasts have reached over 50 million people in 175 countries. He is a published writer, commissioned composer and a renown music adjudicator. His consummate professionalism, artistic vision, and highly-successful engagement with diverse audiences has earned a reputation of tremendous respect and success across many genres.


    In addition to his music career, Boothe is a skilled communicator and public relations professional. He earned top recognition in media management and strategic public affairs leadership as a Distinguished Graduate of the Defense Information School. He also earned the 2014 Public Affairs Communication Excellence Award from the U.S. Air Force which recognized him as the top communication professional out of 179 peers worldwide. His outstanding reputation led to his hand-picked selection as a personal communications and national media advisor in the Pentagon where he personally served as a public affairs advisor to the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force.


    Residing in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife and five children, Boothe also serves as a commissioner for the City of Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission.


    In 2007, Boothe was the sole international recipient of the prestigious David Effron Conducting Fellowship for the Chautauqua Institution in New York, where he led symphonic, ballet, and opera performances to rave reviews. He won a U.S. national audition in 2009 to become a U.S. Air Force Bands conductor and in 2012 was named Finalist for The American Prize in Orchestral Conducting. In the military Boothe's musical leadership has been recognized by The John Philip Sousa Foundation with a Colonel Howard Citation Award for Musical Excellence, the most distinguished award earned by military concert bands and conductors throughout the world. He was also an awardee of the highest award given to artists by the U.S. government, a National Medal of the Arts.


    Maestro Boothe was chosen to conduct the 2016 National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony broadcast for The Hallmark Channel featuring former U.S. President and First Lady Obama along with a line-up of Grammy recognized celebrity artists.