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Freedom HS Orchestra and Dobson HS Symphonic Strings at the Jefferson Memorial – March 30, 2012

Freedom High School Orchestra
Jessica Talbott, director
Dobson High School Symphonic Strings
Robert Nichols, director
Friday, March 30, 2012
2:15pm - 4:00pm
Jefferson Memorial
Washington, DC 20024

Free admission

Program scheduled to include
Air for Strings — Norman Dello Joio
Molly on the Shore — Percy Grainger
Palladio, 1st Movement — Karl Jenkins
“Presto” from String Quartet Op. 131 — Ludwin Van Beethoven
An American Portrait — Eugenie Rocherolle
Bailes Para Orquesta — Richard Meyer
Hoe Down — Aaron Copland
The Red Pony — Aaron Copland
…and more

About the artists…
The Freedom High School Orchestra performing in Washington D.C. is made up of students from the top two orchestras at the school. Directed by Jessica Talbott, Freedom currently has 125 students enrolled in four different levels of orchestra, each having a significant number of performance opportunities given to them throughout the year. Students participate in multiple concerts at the school and in the community, both as an orchestra and also in chamber ensembles. They perform all genre of music from Baroque to Video Game music.

The Freedom Orchestras also participate in the Florida Orchestra Association District and State level Music Performance Assessments for both Concert Orchestra and Solo and Ensembles. For the past several years, the school has received the highest level rating, superior. Consistently students from the Freedom Orchestra have been chosen, based on audition, to participate in the Orange County All-County Orchestra. The orchestra has also had representation in the prestigious All-State Orchestra. Students also continue on to major in music at College, winning scholarships based on their talent.

This is the first time Freedom has traveled outside of the state, and they hope it will be the first of many.

Jessica Talbott is a graduate of Florida State University and has two degrees: a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education in instrumental music. She also holds a Florida teaching certificate in music.

Mrs. Talbott has been teaching in Central Florida since 2002. She has serviced the community both in public school orchestra settings and in the private sector, having taught general elementary music, beginning 4th and 5th grade strings, and middle school orchestra. Currently she is teaching at Freedom High School and is also the conductor for the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra’s Overture Strings and the Stetson University Community School Youth Strings.

Mrs. Talbott also teaches private cello lessons in the community. Her students have continuously made the OCPS All-County Orchestra and the Florida All-State Orchestra. Mrs. Talbott’s students have also continued their cello education in college and she now has former students at FSU, UF and Stetson Universities all majoring in cello.

In addition to teaching, she is also an active cellist. She is the cellist and founding member of the Park Lake String Quartet and also performs on the cello around the state of Florida in various ensembles.

Jessica is a past District 8 chair for Florida Orchestra Association, past President of the Florida Chapter of the American String Teachers Association, and department head for her school. She has served as All-County chair for Orange County and also judges FOA Music Performance Assessments.

Robert R. Nichols is in his 9th year as Director of Orchestras and Performing Arts Department Chair at Dobson High School. He has been teaching orchestra to all ages in the Mesa Schools for the past 28 years. Mr. Nichols holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and a Master of Music in Cello Performance from Arizona State University (ASU). He has served on the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) and Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) Executive Boards over his tenure, and is currently President Elect of AMEA.  In 1994 he was a recipient of the AMEA George C. Wilson Leadership/Service Award. In October of 2000 he was named the recipient of the “Distinguished Professional and Community Service Award” by the NAU Alumni Association and the School of Performing Arts.  In Jan. 2008 Mr. Nichols Received the O.M. Hartzel Award for Excellence in Teaching Music. Mr. Nichols has been a sought after clinician for district, region, and music camp orchestras. He also maintains a thriving private cello studio.  He has taught in the NAU Pat B Curry Summer Music Camp faculty, and served as Assistant Director of the camp for 12 years. Happily married to Jennifer, he has four children ages 23,21,10,and 8.

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