March 9, 2014 – Capital Orchestra Festival in Washington, D.C.

Music Celebrations International Presents:

Capital Orchestra Festival-banner

March 9, 2014
1:00 pm
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Concert Hall
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566

Featuring three outstanding youth orchestras from throughout the United States performing works in succession by Brahms, Bloch, Bernstein, Holst, Mendelssohn, Hanson, Williams, Bartók, and Gould!

Featured Performers:

Vero Beach High School Philharmonic Orchestra
Vero Beach, Florida
Matthew Stott, Conductor

Traverse City Central High School Orchestra
Traverse City, Michigan
Ellen Boyer, Conductor

Mesquite High Symphonic Strings
Gilbert, Arizona
Amber Dudley, Conductor

Featured works include:

Morton Gould | American Salute
Samuel Barber | Adagio for Strings
John Williams | Theme from the J.F.K. Suite
Howard Hanson | Symphony No. 2 “Romantic” Adagio / Allegro Molto
Felix Mendelssohn | Sinfonia No. 5
Béla Bartók | Rumanian Dances
Ernset Bloch | Concerto Grosso No. 1
Felix Mendelssohn | Sinfonia No. 7
Sir Edward Elgar | Sospiri
James Horner | Music from Apollo 13

Free Concert
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About the Artists…

VERO BEACH HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA

Vero Beach High School is located in Indian River County, on Florida’s Treasure Coast. The principal of Vero Beach High School is Mr. Shawn O’Keefe, and the superintendent of the School District of Indian River County is Dr. Fran Adams.

The Vero Beach High School Philharmonic Orchestra is composed of auditioned students in grades nine through twelve. The philharmonic orchestra presents more than a dozen performances each school year in Vero Beach and surrounding communities. In addition, all members of the philharmonic orchestra perform in the Vero Beach High School Symphony Orchestra, which combines with outstanding wind, brass and percussion players from the Vero Beach High School Band program. In 2011, the symphony orchestra received first place, full orchestra, at the National Orchestra Festival, in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Vero Beach High School orchestra program also consists of the concert orchestra, freshmen orchestra, and the sinfonia. VBHS orchestras have been consistently rated ‘superior’ by the Florida Orchestra Association at both the district and state level. Students in the orchestras also perform in chamber ensembles and as soloists, presenting hundreds of separate performances each year.

The performing arts department at Vero Beach High School also consists of the band program, directed by James Sammons and Page Howell, the chorus program, directed by Gregory Harris, and the drama department, directed by Dee Rose.

Under the leadership of Commander Tom Fritz, orchestra was added to the curriculum of Indian River County Public Schools in 1999, with a single class at Oslo Middle School. An orchestra class was added to the curriculum at Vero Beach High School in 2001. There are now over four hundred students at four secondary schools.

Matt Stott is an orchestra director for the School District of Indian River County, where he teaches at Vero Beach High School and Gifford Middle School. Matt previously taught at Oslo Middle School, where he was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2007. He also instructed several elementary violin classes. Dozens of young musicians from these programs have been named to the All-State orchestra, and many continue their orchestral studies at the collegiate and conservatory level.

A native of Yorkville, Illinois, Matt learned the violin from Patti Austin and Susan Starrett. He then attended Baylor University, where he earned his Bachelors of Music Education. He studied violin with Dr. Bruce Berg and conducting with Stephen Heyde and Michael Haithcock. In 2010, Matt was named Alumni Music Educator of the Year. As a violinist at Baylor, he performed in the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Baylor Chamber Orchestra, and the Waco Symphony Orchestra. While at Baylor, he also taught violin lessons through the Central Texas String Academy. In 2011, Matt received the Laurel Award for Cultural Leadership by the Cultural Council of Indian River County. In the summer of 2012, Matt was a fellow at the Juilliard School where he studied conducting. Matt is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association, the Florida Orchestra Association, and the Florida Music Educators Association.

An avid athlete, Matt also spent eight years as an assistant basketball coach for Vero Beach High School. Matt and his wife, Katie, are proud parents of a four-year old daughter, Hannah, and a one-year old son, Luke.

TRAVERSE CITY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL ORCHESTRA

Located at the southern end of West Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City is the hub of a variety of educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities. The Traverse City area is known for its spectacular natural beauty, the deep waters of Lake Michigan, and the rolling, wooded terrain interrupted by acres of orchards. Central High School is located at the base of the Old Mission Peninsula and has approximately 1200 students in grades 9-12. The school offers orchestra, band, and choir; each ensemble meets daily during the school day. The full orchestra you see today is a combination of five different classes. The groups meets on Monday nights throughout the year to make this group a possibility.

The Traverse City Central Orchestra regularly participates in the MSBOA (Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association) Festivals where they consistently receive superior ratings. They have done children’s programs in the community, performed at a memorial service for JFK, commissioned new compositions, accompanied silent movies and played at area churches and nursing homes.

Ellen Boyer grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and recieved her Bachelor of Music Education from Northern Michigan University. Her master’s degree is in Violin Performance from Southern Illinois University, where she studied with John Kendall; an educator whose influence continues today. Mrs. Boyer has taught at the St. Louis Conservatory and School for the Arts and in the Preparatory Division of the University of Southern California. Mrs. Boyer currently teaches at Traverse City Central High School and East Middle School, both located in Traverse City, Michigan. Her groups have played at numerous Michigan Music Conferences, at the 2010 ASTA Conference in San Francisco, and participated in trips to Europe and the Czech Republic. Currently she serves on an educator panel for the Yamaha Corporation. She and her husband Joe have 2 wonderful daughters, a great son-in-law, one soon to be son-in-law, and new to the scene, a grand daughter that is the delight of their lives.

MESQUITE SYMPHONIC STRINGS

The Mesquite Symphonic Strings from Gilbert, Arizona are one of four string orchestras in the Mesquite High School Orchestra program, which also consists of a harp ensemble and full symphony orchestra. The Symphonic Strings have participated in festivals receiving superior ratings since their inception in 1998, and many students in the group are members of the AMEA all-region and all-state orchestras. They have been selected twice to perform as honored guests at the Arizona Music Educators Association State Convention both in 2009 and 2012, and have been under the direction of Amber Dudley since 1999. Students in this group have performed in state and national festivals and competitions which include performances in California, Florida, Boston MA, New York City in Carnegie Hall, and are elated to now perform in the Capital Music Festival in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center.

Amber Dudley has been the Director of Orchestras at Mesquite High School since 1999. Groups under her direction include four string orchestras, a harp ensemble, and a full symphony orchestra. Mrs. Dudley holds a Bachelor of Music Education and a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance, and a Master of Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. Mrs. Dudley has also completed the Suzuki training program on both viola and violin. She has performed in the Flagstaff, Chandler, and Mesa Symphony Orchestras, and currently performs on viola with the Ash String Quartet.

Mrs. Dudley enjoys serving as a guest conductor and clinician for various youth and honor orchestras in Arizona. In addition to classroom teaching, she has been a faculty member of the NAU Summer Music Camp, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Music Academy, and the Scottsdale Summer Music Camp, serving as both a teacher and conductor. She has taught Suzuki group classes through the Valley of the Sun Suzuki Association, and serves on the advisory board for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. She has been a faculty member with the University of Phoenix since 2009, and enjoys teaching in their college of Education and college of Humanities to bring awareness on the importance of arts education. She is a member of the American String Teacher’s Association, American Music Educator’s Association, Suzuki Association of America, and the National Education Association. Mrs. Dudley resides in Chandler, Arizona with her husband and three daughters.

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June 28-July 2, 2013 – North Kingstown Community Chorus performs at Gettysburg and in Washington, D.C.

North Kingstown Community Chorus
Roberta Belanger, director
North Kingstown, Rhode Island

Saturday, June 29, 2013
7:00pm
Vinson Hall
6251 Old Dominion Dr.
McLean, VA ‎22101 (map)

Sunday, June 30, 2013
4:00pm
Old Presbyterian Meetinghouse “Concerts with a Cause”
323 South Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 (map)

Monday, July 1, 2013
11:30am
American Civil War Museum
297 Steinwehr Avenue
Gettysburg, PA 17325 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:
To be chosen from the following:
Arr. Shaw | Take Five
Arr. Hayes | What a Wonderful World
Arr. Waggoner | Every Night When the Sun Goes In
Lewis | Exsultate, Jubilate
Arr. Drennan | Since I Laid My Burdens Down
Arr. Artman | A Whale of a Tale
Arr. Stephens | Ashokan Farewell
Arr. Shaw | Route 66
Berlin | Irving Berlin’s America
M and A Souders | Thank You, Soldiers
Eilers and Lowden | Armed Forces Salute
Arr. Billingsley | Dancing Queen
Arr. Michael Geiger | Beethoven’s Wig

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About the Artists…

The North Kingstown Community Chorus, with Roberta Belanger as director, held its first formal concert in 1985 with 24 singers.  The group now numbers about 100 dedicated and enthusiastic singers of all ages. Roberta started the Youth Chorus in 1991 because not every elementary school in North Kingstown offered the students the opportunity to participate in a school chorus.

The chorus holds an annual spring and winter concert along with benefit concerts throughout the year.  We perform ballads, popular tunes, musical comedy, seasonal favorites, patriotic tunes and more!  One of our concert goals is to have fun!! When we have fun it spreads out to the entire audience helping to create a truly enjoyable experience for everyone in the auditorium.

A fabulous band and young dancers from a local dance studio add dimension to our concert programs, as do performances by small groups of singers in specialty numbers. The audience is always kept on its toes.

The North Kingstown Community Chorus is fully supported financially by membership fees, music fees, ticket fees and funds raised by selling advertising space in the concert program.  We raise enough money to award an annual $1,000 music scholarship gift to a high school senior residing in North Kingstown who is planning to study music in college.  We also support the North Kingstown School Department music department with donations for music materials and music related activities.

Roberta Belanger, director
Roberta Belanger is a singer, voice teacher and choral director.  She directs both the North Kingstown Community Chorus and the Youth Chorus.

She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from the University of Rhode Island in 1985 and has enjoyed running her private voice studio and directing the chorus since then.  She continued voice studies with Iride Pilla through the Boston Conservatory and vocal pedagogy courses at Westminster Choir College.

Roberta has also served as an adjunct voice teacher at Salve Regina University.  She has held several offices in the R. I. Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and is presently the R. I. Divisional Governor.

Roberta began her directing career working with children’s choirs and has been soloist and/or choir director in many churches throughout Rhode Island.  She has been the director of the North Kingstown Community Chorus since it was formed in 1985.

Noel Smith, accompanist
Noel Smith is a recording artist, composer and pianist.  Her voice and songs have been featured in video games and movies internationally.  She has been the soloist for the Video Game Orchestra, performing at PAX East and Symphony Hall.  Noel is the director of Vox Futura, a premier recording choir for video games, films and new compositions.  Noel has released 2 critically acclaimed albums “Defenseless” and “A New England Christmas” where the North Kingstown Community Chorus was featured.  Noel is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory.

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June 29-July 1, 2013 – Metropolitan Detroit Chorale performs in Washington, D.C.

Metropolitan Detroit Chorale
Pasquale A. Pascaretti, director
Detroit, Michigan

Saturday, June 29, 2013
7:00pm
Ingleside at Rock Creek – Gallery Auditorium
3050 Military Road, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 2015 (map)

Sunday, June 30, 2013
4:00pm
National Basilica and Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
339 S. Seton Ave.
Emmitsburg, MD 20727 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:
McGregor, Ungar, arr. Stephens | Ashokan Farewell
Graham, Joseph, arr. Emerson | O’ America
Leavitt, Dvorak | Steal Away
Arr. Gilpin | A Civil War Medley
Murphy, Wildhorn, arr. Emerson | The Glory
Rutter | Distant Land
Rutter | Feel the Spirit
Howe, Steffe, arr. Wilhousky | Battle Hymn of the Republic

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About the Artists…

Metropolitan Detroit Chorale
For over 40 years, the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale (MDC) has contributed to the musical enrichment of its area citizens. Under the direction of Howard C. Richards, the group was established in 1970 as the Fraser Civic Chorus and was comprised of Fraser residents. It was then, and continues to be, dedicated to providing beautiful vocal music for the community. In 1989, the group was incorporated as a non-profit organization and became Fraser Chorale, Inc. Finally, in 1995, the group became Metropolitan Detroit Chorale, Inc.

Under the direction of Pasquale Pascaretti, the Chorale has performed such master works as Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, Bach’s “Magnificat”, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”, Mozart’s “Requiem”, and Rutter’s “Requiem”, “Gloria” and “Mass of the Children”. Its members have traveled on three occasions to New York to sing in Carnegie Hall under the direction of John Rutter, most recently to perform Handel’s “Messiah” (November 2007). In May 2006, the Chorale presented the Michigan premiere of “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” by Karl Jenkins. This was followed by the Midwest premiere of Mr. Jenkins’ “Requiem” which the Chorale presented in June 2007 and his “Stabat Mater” presented in May 2009.

In addition to presenting its seasonal concerts and the contemporary cabaret performances, the Chorale makes a commitment to serve the community from which it draws its support.

Following its mission of Bringing Music To Life and Lives To Music, MDC aspires to entertain and enrich the community, develop a broad audience, and encourage area citizens to appreciate fine vocal performance.

Pasquale A. Pascaretti, director
Pasquale A. Pascaretti has both Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Music degree from Wayne State University. He has been Director of the MDC since 1975. He is the Vocal Music Teacher at Fraser High School as well as Vocal Music Department Chair for Fraser Public Schools.

He has been Choir Master and Cantor at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, and prior to that, at St. Edmund’s Catholic Church. He was instructor of Keyboard Harmony for Macomb Community College in 1991.

He has done summer studies with Robert Shaw, Westminster Choir College and with Margaret Hillis, Berkshire Chorale Institute.

Awards
Fraser High School Teacher of the Year – sponsored by Michigan Education Assoc, Post & Newsweek — 1994

Nationally Registered Music Educator – Music Educators National Conference (MENC) — 1993-1997

Fraser High School Show Choir – 1st Place – Orlando Festival of Music National Competition – 1996 and often 1st Place annually at many other locations through 2007.

Fraser High School Chamber Choir – 2nd Place – Orlando Festival of Music National Competition — 1996

Honored with membership in the Heritage Music Festivals Hall of Fame for the consistently high quality performances by Fraser Singers in festival competitions throughout the United States

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June 21-23, 2013 – City Singers Children’s Choirs perform in Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg

City Singers Children’s Choirs
Leslie Moruza Dripps, director
Mara Smith, accompanist

Friday, June 21, 2013
4:00pm
African American Civil War Museum
1925 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001 (map)

Saturday, June 22, 2013
4:30pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
901 G Street Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20001 (map)

Sunday, June 23, 2013
2:30pm
National Gettysburg Battlefield Museum and Visitor Center
1195 Baltimore Pike
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:
Howe, Steffe, arr. Wilhousk | Battle Hymn of the Republic
Dillworth | Mornin’ Glory
Foster | Beautiful Dreamer.
Finch, Purifoy  | The Blue and The Gray
Stroope, Johnson  | Legacy
Root | Battle Cry of Freedom
Chatman | In Flanders Field
African American Spiritual | Sheep, Sheep, Don’t You Know the Road
Arr. Althouse | My God is a Rock
Arr. Thomas | Keep Your Lamps
Arr. Berteaux | Wondrous Love
Arr. Spevacek | Deep River
Arr. Gilpin | Plenty Good Room
Arr. Harlan | Mansions of the Lord

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About the Artists…

City Singers Children’s Choirs
Based in Richmond, Virginia, City Singers Children’s Choirs perform the highest caliber of distinguished youth choral music from the body of classical, traditional, and modern compositions from around the world. Our mission is to inspire the highest level of artistic choral performance while bringing together youth of the greater Richmond area in a joyful appreciation of their ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity. We are committed to making our choral education experience available to qualified singers regardless of their economic situations.  City Singers Children’s Choirs believes in the power of song to give a voice to every child, build bridges in our communities and inspire music and life skills mastery.

Leslie Moruza Dripps, director
Leslie Moruza Dripps has been teaching with City Singers Children’s Choirs since 2007 and assumed the roles of artistic director in 2009 and executive director in 2011. She received her bachelor’s degree in music education from James Madison University and Orff I certification at VCU and has taught choral and vocal music at the elementary, middle and high school levels, from public school to church settings. Leslie currently teaches private voice and pre-school music lessons and frequently directs all-area choral ensembles in Virginia. She also is a published composer and performer with commercial and film credits with her band “Moruza.”

Mara Smith, accompanist
Mara Smith  is  the CSCC tour accompanist and director of Neighborhood Singers Training Choir for 2012-2013, after serving as Assistant Director last season.  Ms. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Arts in French both from the College of William and Mary.  She is currently pursuing an additional Bachelor of Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in PreK – grade 12 vocal music.  Mara also teaches private piano and voice students at Key Signatures in Richmond, Virginia.  Ms. Smith began working with City Singers Children’s Choirs in 2010.

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May 22, 2013 – “Songs, Dances, and Marches” – Emporia State University Choir and Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra in Manassas, Virginia

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Emporia State University Choir
Carol Kruger, Conductor

Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra
Sara Edgerton, Conductor

Songs, Dances, and Marches

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
7:00 PM
Hylton Performing Arts Center
10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110 (map)

FREE ADMISSION

Program:

Emporia State University Choir:

McCullough | Holocaust Cantata (movements)
Billing | Make Every Breath
arr. Wilberg | Saints Bound For Heaven
J. S. Bach, arr. Sandberg | Bach (Again), Come Sweet Death
Traditional Spiritual, arr. Brown | The Battle of Jericho
Traditional Melody, arr. Hatfield | Amazing Grace
Stuart Stotts, arr. Moore | Music In My Mother’s House
Clausen | Quicksand Years
Hebrew Folk Song, arr. Ginsberg | Hine Ma Tov
Dan Davison | Ritmo

Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra:

Mozart | Impresario Overture
Khachaturian | Masquerade Suite
Delius | On Hearing of the First Cuckoo of Spring
Delius | Summer Evening
Delius | Marche Caprice
Sousa | The Stars and Stripes Forever (full orchestra version)

Vaughan Williams | Five Mystical Songs, featuring combined symphony orchestra and choir

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About the Artists…

The Emporia State University Choir and the Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert of “Songs, Dances and Marches” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. The concert will feature baritone soloist Dr. Timothy Schmidt performing Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Five Mystical Dances” along with other choral and orchestral works including selections from Donald McCullough’s “Holocaust Cantata” and Aram Khachaturian’s “Masquerade Suite”.

Emporia State University Choir

The Emporia State University Choir, of Emporia, Kansas, is the school’s premiere choral ensemble. While the singers pursue a wide variety of majors, they all share the same love for music. The group has been recognized for its innovative and versatile programming and the singers pride themselves on singing challenging and diverse choral repertoire. In May 2010, the choir toured England and performed at many notable venues including St. Paul Cathedral and St. James Piccadilly Church in London. In recent years they have also toured Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland and Austria.

The choir is led by Director of Choral Activities, Carol Krueger. At Emporia State University, Kreuger  conducts the A Cappella Choir, Community Choir, Chamber Singers, and Emporia Camerata. She is an active clinician, adjudicator and guest conductor across the country and is widely recognized for her work on music literacy. She is the author of the book “Progressive Sight Singing” published by Oxford University Press. Kreuger received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Miami.

Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra

The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, in residence at Southeast Missouri State University, is in the twelfth year of its highly successful subscription series. The orchestra has collaborated with nationally and internationally acclaimed guest artists, such as Grammy Award winning violinist Mark O’Connor, trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti, and concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony, David Halen. In 2009, the group toured China, performing at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, Shanghai Normal University, and the prestigious Zhejiang University in Hangzhou.

The group is led by Artistic Director Dr. Sara Edgerton, professor of cello and string bass at Southeast Missouri State University. Under her direction, the orchestra has commissioned and presented a number of world premieres, including most recently “River” by Robert Fruehwald and “Two Brothers” by Jim Stephenson. Edgerton maintains an active performing career as a cellist and has collaborated with such composers as Aaron Copland, Karel Husa, Claude Baker and Morton Subotnick in performances of their works. She received her undergraduate degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Cornell University.

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May 24, 2013 – “Songs, Dances, and Marches” – Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra Performs at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City

Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra
Sara Edgerton, Conductor
Dr. Timothy Schmidt, Baritone Soloist

Friday, May 24, 2013
7:30 PM
Saint Peter’s Church
619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street
New York, NY 10022 (map)

Songs, Dances, and Marches

Program:

Mozart | Impresario Overture
Khachaturian | Masquerade Suite
Delius | On Hearing of the First Cuckoo of Spring
Delius | Summer Evening
Delius | Marche Caprice
Sousa | The Stars and Stripes Forever (full orchestra version)
Vaughan Williams | Five Mystical Songs for solo baritone and orchestra

FREE ADMISSION

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About the Artists…

The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra will present a free concert of “Songs, Dances and Marches” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24, at Saint Peter’s Church in Midtown. The concert will feature baritone soloist Dr. Timothy Schmidt performing Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Five Mystical Dances” along with other orchestral works including Aram Khachaturian’s “Masquerade Suite” and John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”.

The Southeast Missouri Symphony Orchestra, in residence at Southeast Missouri State University, is in the twelfth year of its highly successful subscription series. The orchestra has collaborated with nationally and internationally acclaimed guest artists, such as Grammy Award winning violinist Mark O’Connor, trumpet virtuoso Allen Vizzutti, and concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony, David Halen. In 2009, the group toured China, performing at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, Shanghai Normal University, and the prestigious Zhejiang University in Hangzhou.

The group is led by Artistic Director Dr. Sara Edgerton, professor of cello and string bass at Southeast Missouri State University. Under her direction, the orchestra has commissioned and presented a number of world premieres, including most recently “River” by Robert Fruehwald and “Two Brothers” by Jim Stephenson. Edgerton maintains an active performing career as a cellist and has collaborated with such composers as Aaron Copland, Karel Husa, Claude Baker and Morton Subotnick in performances of their works. She received her undergraduate degree in cello performance from the Eastman School of Music and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from Cornell University.

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Council Rock South Orchestra – March 31, 2012 on the Canon Stage at the Sylvan Theater

Council Rock South Orchestra
Christopher Simon, director
Saturday, March 31, 2012
1:00pm
Canon Stage at the Sylvan Theater
Washington, DC 20024 (map)

Free admission

Program scheduled to include
Music from Up — Michael Giacchino
Danse Macabre — Camille Saint-Saens
William Tell Overture — Gioachino Rossini
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 — Alexandre Desplat
“Jupiter” from The Planets — Gustav Holst

About the artists…
Since its inception in 2002, The Council Rock South Orchestra has performed for over 150 festival, school, neighborhood and overseas concerts. They were recently honored by a special invitation to perform at The White House in December 2011. Last year, conductor Christopher Simon led his 85 member orchestra on an 8-day performance tour of Paris, Nice, and Monaco. In May 2003, the orchestra embarked on a tour ofScotland, performing in notable halls inElgin andEdinburgh. The orchestra’s success inScotland led to performances at the newUnited   StatesConstitutionCenter and at various adjudication festivals where they have consistently earned superior ratings. The CRSO touredItaly in 2007 and performed in concerts inRome, Sienna, Campodarsego, andPadua. In April 2005, the orchestra traveled toBaltimore’s Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to work with members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Comments by BSO’s members echoed the praises by numerous other professional musicians that Council Rock High School South is unique in its ability to draw so much talent from only one school and that Mr. Simon has quickly molded that talent into one of the top high school orchestras inAmerica. The CRSO was chosen by the Philadelphia Orchestra to perform side-by-side in a performance in May 2009. This year, the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra invited the CRSO for the second time to join them in a side-by-side concert. The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association invited the orchestra to their conference in 2006, 2009, and this April 2012 as a featured performer. Out of 400 high school orchestras inPennsylvania, the CRSO was the only orchestra chosen in those years.

Five times each year, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Trenton Symphony, Ocean City Pops, and Temple University faculty have given master sectionals for our students in an effort to raise the level of play to spectacular heights. The Orchestra is also host to an Orchestra Festival held in May of each year. The unique festival is the only one of its kind and focuses on promoting the full orchestra concept. The orchestras are adjudicated by a panel of three professional orchestra conductors.

Christopher Simon has been directing orchestras, bands, and jazz bands since 1988, and he was appointed the conductor of the high school orchestras in 2002. Mr. Simon also directs the Chamber Orchestra and teaches classes in music theory, music arranging and jazz improvisation. He received both of his college degrees, Bachelor of Music in Education and Master of Music in Cello Performance, from Temple University in Philadelphia. His cello studies include lessons with Orlando Cole, Jeff Holm, Grammy Award winning chamber musician Jeffrey Solow and master classes with Janos Starker, Ralph Kirshbaum, the Audobon Quartet, and the Muir Quartet. Mr. Simon performs as a cellist with two professional orchestras: Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra and the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, and also as a trombonist with several jazz groups. He regularly gives solo and chamber recitals with his wife, Lisa Simon, a pianist, and currently resides in Doylestown, Pennsylvania with Lisa and their three children.

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.

Dobson HS Symphonic Strings in Concert – March 29, 2012

Dobson High School Symphonic Strings
Robert Nichols, director
Thursday, March 29, 2012
4:00pm
National Museum of the Marine Corps
18900 Jefferson Davis Highway
Triangle, VA 22172 (map)

Free admission (to the concert and to the museum)

Program scheduled to include
An American Portrait — Eugenie Rocherolle
Bailes Para Orquesta — Richard Meyer
Hoe Down — Aaron Copland
The Red Pony — Aaron Copland
…and more

About the artists…
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.

Family Days at the National Building Museum – Mars Hill Bible School Band – March 25, 2012

Mars Hill Bible School Band
Joey Krieger, director
Sunday, March 25, 2012
3:00pm
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Family Days
National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001 (map)

Free admission (to the concert, not the museum exhibits)

Program scheduled to include
“March” from Folk Song Suite — Ralph Vaughan Williams
Shenandoah — Frank Ticheli
Pilatus, Mountain of Dragons — Steven Reineke
Armed Forces Salute — arr. Lowden

About the artists…
The Mars Hill Bible School Band in currently celebrating its twenty-fifth  year, and in that short time it has been recognized as one of the finest band programs in the state of Alabama.  This is evident by the many prestigious awards the band has received during its history.  The group has consistently received superior ratings at the District and State level.  In addition, the band has performed well in regional competitions, placing first in the Orlando Festival of Music in 1997 and Musicfest Orlando in 2001.  On the national level the band placed first at the National Heritage Music Festival in Washington D. C. in 1999 and 2003, and was awarded the Adjudicators Trophy for being selected as the most outstanding ensemble at the festival.  The Group won the sweepstakes trophy at the National Heritage Music Festival in Hawaii in the spring of 2004 and performed a concert at the USS Missouri docked in Pearl Harbor.  The Mars Hill Band has also been fortunate to perform at the Kings College School in London, England, and the International School in Paris, France.  The Band was honored to perform for the Alabama Music Educators Association Conference in the spring of 2001.  In the spring of 2005 the ensemble captured its second first place trophy at the Musicfest Orlando Competition.  The Symphonic Winds won Best in Class at Musicfest Disney in the Spring of 2010.

Joey Krieger is in his eighteenth year as Mars Hill Bible Schools Director of Bands.  His responsibilities include teaching all instrumental music class from beginners in the fifth grade to the Symphonic Winds.  He also founded The Mars Hill Jazz Band and rehearses this group after school hours. He is a native of Florence, Alabama and a graduate of the University of North Alabama in Florence with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Education.  Mr. Krieger studied with Dr. David Arthur Thomas, Dr. James K. Simpson and Dr. Edd Jones at UNA.    Mr. Krieger’s bands have consistently received superior ratings at every level of competition and placed first in both Concert and Jazz competitions in Washington D. C. and Orlando, Florida. He is the recipient of the Citation of Excellence from the National Band Association for outstanding contribution to bands and band music.  He has also served as an adjudicator across the state of Alabama.   His professional affiliations include the Alabama Music Educators Association, Alabama Bandmasters Association, The National Band Association, and the International Association of Jazz Educators.  He and his wife Kelli have two sons Luke and Brandon who are members of the Mars Hill Bible School Symphonic Winds.