June 16, 2013 – Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble perform at Church of the Intercession

Duke Ellington String Orchestra_CROPPED!!!

Duke Ellington Guitar Ensemble

Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble
Heather Haughn and Isaac Daniel Jr., conductors

Sunday, June 16, 2013
Church of the Intercession
550 West 155th Street
New York, NY 10032 (map)


String Orchestra
Mozart | Serenade No. 6, Serenata Notturna, K. 239
Grieg | Elegiac Melodie, Heart Wounds and Last Spring
Amaya | Viola Concerto No. 1, Movement 3, Tone Poem
Dmitri Shostakovich | Sinfonia Op. 110 (String Quartet No. 8)

Guitar Ensemble
Selections to be chosen from:
Handel | Water Music
Mozart | Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
Vivaldi | Concerto in G minor, Adagio and Allegro
Tchaikovsky | Scherzo
Dvorak | Slavonic Dance No.
Mozart | String Quartet, K. 160, Movement I, II, III


About the Artists…

Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra
The award-winning Duke Ellington School of the Arts String Orchestra has gained popularity among Washington, D.C. audiences since its inception in 2009.  In addition to giving classical concerts and opera performances at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the String Orchestra has performed with celebrated artists Earth Wind and Fire and Patti LaBelle at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.   Members of the string orchestra have performed at the White House, Vice President’s residence, Corcoran Art Gallery, Kennedy Center and French Embassy.  The group has won multiple awards at festivals including Best Orchestra, Top Rating Ensemble, Gold Medal and First Place

Heather Haughn, conductor
Heather Haughn, violin, enjoys a diverse career as an active chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher.  She performs regularly as the violinist of the West Shore Piano Trio.  Ms. Haughn currently plays with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the National Philharmonic.  She is on the faculty of Goucher College and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

Ms. Haughn has performed as soloist and concertmaster with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (under the direction of Kent Nagano), the San Francisco Sinfonietta, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra.  She has also served as concertmaster for Cal Performances, Golden Gate Opera, Pocket Opera, Opera Vivente, Ballet San Joaquin, and North Bay Opera.  She has played associate concertmaster for the Modesto Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chamber Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, and the Schlossfestspiele opera orchestra in Heidelberg, Germany.  She was formerly the associate principal second violinist of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Haughn has performed chamber music throughout the United States.  As a member of the Sierra Ensemble for violin, horn, and piano, she performed throughout northern California.  The trio released a CD, “Heartstrings”, in 2006(produced by Museum Music).  She was formerly the first violinist of the Bella Cosi String Quartet.  The quartet was a semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and was featured on a CD, “Lullaby, and Good Night”, produced by KHFM. The group was the quartet in residence for the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s Education and Outreach Program, Chamber Music Albuquerque’s Education Program, and the Golden Gate Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.   The Bella Cosi Quartet coached with members of the Alexander, American, Cleveland, Concord, Juilliard, Kronos, Penderecki, and St. Lawrence Quartets.

Also a dedicated pedagogue, Ms. Haughn was on the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley for four years.  She also conducted the youngest orchestra of the Golden Gate Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and was on faculty at the Community Music Center of San Francisco. Ms. Haughn was formerly on faculty at the Houston Conservatory and taught for the Rice University Preparatory Division.

Ms. Haughn received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music where she studied with Lynn Blakeslee.  She received a Master of Music degree from Rice University where she studied with Kathleen Winkler.  Ms. Haughn has performed in master classes for renowned artists including Isaac Stern, Roland and Almita Vamos, and Zvi Zeitlin.

Ms. Haughn lives in Baltimore with her many pets.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, salsa dancing, discovering great vegan restaurants, and being an advocate for animal rights.

Duke Ellington School of the Arts Guitar Ensemble
The Duke Ellington Guitar Ensemble is comprised of members from several ethnic backgrounds and represents grade levels 9 through 12.  The group performs a variety of classical music and, on occasion, jazz transcriptions.  They have performed nationally and have competed and received a superior rating.  In addition to several local engagements, the ensemble has performed for the Vice President of The United States at his residence in Washington, D.C.

Isaac Daniel, Jr., conductor
Mr. Isaac Daniel, Jr. is the Instrumental Music Department Chair, Orchestra Director, Musical Director for special ensembles, staff arranger, and guitar instructor for the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.  Mr. Daniel comes with a wealth of experience as a musician, educator, and retired Naval Officer of the United States Navy Band.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York State University and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Memphis.

Under his direction, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra has earned several national competition awards.  His instrumental groups have performed masterworks such as “Porgy and Bess”, Handel’s “Messiah”, and the Original Broadway Musical “Dreamgirls” with a featured guest appearance by the original “Dreamgirl” Jennifer Holliday.  Mr. Daniel has also served as Musical Director for student ensembles performing with legendary stars such as Patti LaBelle; John Legend; Earth, Wind and Fire; and Smokey Robinson at world-renown arts venues such as the Kennedy Center.  In addition to directing an orchestra, Mr. Daniel teaches a full scale guitar studio of both classical and jazz guitar styles.

Mr. Daniel is also an active performing artist serving internationally as musical director and guitarist for programs and artist such as Ollie Woodson; Platters; Drifters; Mercer Ellington Orchestra; Damon Harris and the Temptations; Martha Reeves and the Vandellas; Gloria Gaynor; Gene Chandler; Nancy Wilson; Sarah Vaughn; Tokens; Jay and The Americans; Little Anthony and the Imperials; Dorothy Norwood; V. Michael McKay; Stephen Hurd; Patrick Lundy; and a host of other performers.

In addition to performing, Mr. Daniel has organized instrumental music clinics for school children of all ages, providing hands-on experience while exposing them to various instruments, musical styles and cultural diversities.  He has also served as clinician and guest conductor both nationally and internationally.


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