Our Conductor & Musical Director
Jim Waddelow, a native of Oklahoma, joined the faculty of Meredith College as Director of Instrumental Activities in 2007 and in 2011 received the Ida H. Friday Award, which was established in honor of Ida H. Friday, a Meredith alumna and wife of former UNC System President William Friday. Waddelow conducts the Meredith Sinfonietta and serves as Musical Director for musical theater productions in the Department of Theater and Dance. He has been the Orchestra Director of the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony Summer Music Camp in Eureka Springs, Arkansas since 1999.
He has conducted over 30 operas and musicals at the college and professional level. Previous appointments and affiliations include: Texas Tech University, Lubbock Moonlight Musicals, The Oklahoma Youth Symphony, The Lubbock Youth Symphony, Summer Overtures Theater, The University of Central Oklahoma, and The University of Arkansas. He also conducted the nationally recognized Putnam City North High School orchestra for six years. Principal teachers include Gary Lewis, Ralph Morris, Roger Strong and Lon Dehnert. Jim is a member of the Conductor’s Guild, College Orchestra Director’s Association, American String Teacher’s Association, Music Educators National Conference and The College Music Society. He is an active clinician and adjudicator throughout the South.
Degrees Held: B.M.E., M.M., University of Central Oklahoma; D.M.A., Texas Tech University
Courses Taught: Orchestra, Conducting, Instrumentation, Orchestration, Instrumental Music Education.