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

Music Celebrations International Presents:

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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 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.


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.


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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March 25-30, 2013: Brown University Orchestra Tours Ireland

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Brown University Orchestra
Paul Phillips, music director and conductor

“An American Celebration of Music”

Monday 25th March, 2013
8:00 PM
The National Concert Hall, Dublin  (map)

All Seats € 15 | Concessions € 10 | Family Ticket € 35
20% Discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall

National Concert Hall Box Office
Tel: 01 417 00 00 or
(No Booking Fees)


NICOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Russian Easter Overture, op. 36
MICHAEL ABELS – Global Warming
LEONARD BERNSTEIN – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
WILLAM PERRY – “Dublin: Celtic Air and Runaway Reel” from Gemini Concerto
SAMUEL BARBER – Adagio for Strings
GEORGE GERSHWIN – An American in Paris

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Saturday 30th March, 2013
7:00 PM
O’Reilly Theatre, Wexford Opera House
High Street, Wexford
Co. Wexford, Ireland (map)

All Seats € 15 | Concessions € 10 |

Box Office: High Street, Wexford, Co. Wexford
Box Office Telephone: 053 912 2144
(No Booking Fees)


NICOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOVRussian Easter Overture, op. 36
LEONARD BERNSTEINSymphonic Dances from West Side Story
WILLAM PERRY – “Dublin: Celtic Air and Runaway Reel” from Gemini Concerto
SAMUEL BARBERAdagio for Strings
GEORGE GERSHWINAn American in Paris

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A Celebration of Music – “Easter with Verdi and Gounod”

Limerick Choral Union Joins Brown University Orchestra
Malcolm Green and Paul Phillips, conductors

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Wednesday 27th March, 2013
8:00 PM
University Concert Hall
Limerick, Co. Limerick, Ireland (map)


NICOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Russian Easter Overture, op. 36
MICHAEL ABELS – Global Warming
CHARLES GOUNOD – Messe solenelle de Sainte Cécile

Roisin O’Grady, soprano
Ben Thapa, tenor
John Savourin, bass

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All Seats € 20 | Concessions € 15 |


About the artists…

The Brown University Orchestra

THE BROWN UNIVERSITY ORCHESTRA is internationally recognized as one of America’s finest collegiate orchestras, performing a full range of repertoire from Bach to Beethoven, Mahler, Stravinsky, and music of the 21st century. Under the direction of music director Paul Phillips, who recently conducted the RTE National Symphony in Music for Great Films of the Silent Era for Naxos, the Brown Orchestra has toured China, performed at Carnegie Hall with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall with Itzhak Perlman, and won seven ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.

Daniel Barenboim, Mstislav Rostropovich, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Eugenia Zukerman, Christopher O’Riley, Carol Wincenc are among the many renowned musicians who have conducted or appeared as soloists with the orchestra. Well known for their commitment to new music, Phillips and the Brown Orchestra have given notable performances of contemporary works by John Adams, William Bolcom, and William Kraft, among others, and hosted numerous composers in residence, including Steve Reich, Steven Stucky, Joseph Schwantner, Michael Torke, Nico Muhly, David Amram, William Perry, Peter Boyer, Samuel Adler, and Lukas Foss. The membership of the Brown Orchestra, which was founded in 1918, consists of approximately one hundred students from Brown University, one of the eight American Ivy League universities. Orchestra alumni have gone on to professional careers as members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, and many other prominent orchestras and ensembles. For further information, visit the orchestra’s website at

Paul Phillips, music director and conductor

PAUL PHILLIPS, Music Director and Conductor of the Pioneer Valley Symphony and Chorus and Director of Orchestras and Chamber Music at Brown University, is an award-winning conductor, composer, and author. Acclaimed as a conductor “who was born to stand on a podium,” his honors include 1st Prize in the NOS International Conductors Course in Holland, 1st Prize in the Wiener Meisterkurse Conductors Course in Vienna, and ten ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.

Phillips has led the Brown University Orchestra as Music Director since 1989, developing this ensemble into one of the nation’s finest collegiate orchestras. Under his direction, the BUO has won seven ASCAP Awards; given concerts in New York at Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall as well as in Boston, Cambridge, Montreal, Shanghai, and Beijing; performed with Itzhak Perlman, Joseph Kalichstein, Christopher O’Riley, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, and other illustrious soloists; and collaborated with Steve Reich, Steven Stucky, and many other prominent guest composers. This season Phillips will lead the Brown University Orchestra and Chorus, joined by the Providence College Choir, in a gala performance of Beethoven’s Ninth at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence.

As Music Director of the Pioneer Valley Symphony and Chorus since 1994, Phillips has led that organization to new artistic heights, securing its position as one of the preeminent musical organizations in western Massachusetts. He has spearheaded collaborations with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Hampshire Choral Society, Greenfield High School Chorus, Old Deerfield Productions, Amherst Ballet, glass artist Josh Simpson, and other artists and arts organizations throughout the region, and led the PVS in memorable performances of Beethoven’s Ninth, Mahler’s Second and Fifth Symphonies, Brahms Requiem, Verdi Requiem, La Traviata, The Rite of Spring, The Planets, Carmina Burana, and Ellis Island: The Dream of America.

Under his leadership, the PVS has performed dozens of premieres, won ASCAP Awards in 1997 and 2011, been profiled three times in Symphony Magazine, released the CD box set Living with the Classics for Arizona University Recordings, participated in the Earshot Project of readings of new orchestral works in cooperation with the American Composers Orchestra, and represented Massachusetts in the national Ford Made in America Project. Phillips has conducted over sixty orchestras, opera and ballet companies, and choirs worldwide, including the San Francisco Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Boston Academy of Music, Festival Ballet Providence, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra and Choir, Hampshire Choral Society, Providence Singers, and Masterworks Chorale. His recordings include two CDs with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, a CD of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony with the Brown University Orchestra, and Music for Great Films of the Silent Era, a Naxos CD released in 2011 in which he conducts the RTE National Symphony of Ireland in music by the American composer William Perry.

With a conducting repertoire of about 1000 works, Phillips has conducted much of the standard repertoire, including opera and musical theatre ranging from Don Giovanni to Sweeney Todd. He enjoys jazz and has led concerts featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, and other popular artists. A strong believer in the importance of music in the lives of young people, he has worked extensively with student musicians and audiences as Youth Concert Conductor of the Maryland Symphony for fourteen years and as conductor of numerous youth and All-State orchestras. Together with singer-songwriter Bill Harley, who has won two Grammy Awards, Phillips has composed and arranged pieces for youth concerts that are performed by orchestras throughout the country; Jack and the Beanstalk, their most recent collaboration, was premiered by Bill Harley with the Allentown Symphony in April 2012.

The past few years have been especially productive ones for Phillips. His song cycle Battle-Pieces, settings for baritone and orchestra of six Civil War poems by Herman Melville, was premiered in October 2011, sung by Andrew Garland with the Pioneer Valley Symphony and Rene de la Garza with the Brown University Orchestra. His book A Clockwork Counterpoint: The Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess was published in 2010, as was his essay “Burgess and Music” in the new Norton Critical Edition of A Clockwork Orange and an article on Burgess was published in The Journal of Music. That year he also guest conducted at the Manhattan School of Music, led Commonwealth Opera’s annual Messiah Sing, and conducted the first staged production of Burgess’s Shakespeare ballet Mr W.S., which took place in France with the Angers Conservatory Orchestra and the dance company Marie-Laure Agrapart et Cie. In 2011, he conducted Cosi fan tutte with Opera Providence using his own revised English version of the libretto, and, as pianist, accompanied concerts for Opera Providence throughout the year. In 2010, Boosey and Hawkes published his reduced orchestration of Stravinsky’s opera Mavra; this version was performed that summer in England at the Glyndebourne Festival.

Apart from conducting, Phillips is an accomplished composer, pianist, and author. His music has been performed internationally and received many prizes, including awards from the New England String Ensemble, American Music Center, and ASCAP. As a pianist, he has performed at the Mohawk Trail Concerts, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Carnegie Recital Hall, and Lincoln Center, and recorded for film and television. His book A Clockwork Counterpoint: The Music and Literature of Anthony Burgess, published in 2010 by Manchester University Press, has enjoyed critical acclaim. According to one reviewer, Phillips is “the world’s most energetic and influential champion of Burgess’s music”, whose “knowledge of Burgess’s writings rivals his technical knowledge of music, so that he is better qualified than any previous writer on Burgess to take the full measure of the man’s accomplishments.” Another described the book as “sumptuous, prodigiously researched, elegantly written”, “necessary and splendid”, and “seamlessly fascinating”, concluding that Phillips “has conjured up a ‘new’ Burgess that will forever alter his reputation.” Earlier publications include “The Enigma of Variations: A Study of Stravinsky’s Final Work for Orchestra”, an article called “the best exposition in print of Stravinsky’s serial methods” by the eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin in his book Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions.

After attending the Eastman School of Music as a composition-piano major, Phillips graduated cum laude in music from Columbia University, later earning graduate degrees in composition and conducting from Columbia and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, respectively. He pursued additional studies at the Salzburg “Mozarteum”, Académie internationale d’été in Nice, Eastman, Music Academy of the West, Aspen, and Tanglewood. His conducting teachers include Kurt Masur, Gunther Schuller, and Leonard Bernstein. After beginning his career at the Frankfurt Opera and Stadttheater Lüneburg in Germany, he was selected for the Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductors Program and subsequently returned to the US, assuming conducting posts in Greensboro and Savannah before arriving at Brown University.

Phillips currently serves on the Artists Council of New Music USA, a new organization created by the merger of the American Music Center (on whose Board of Directors he served in 2010-11) and Meet the Composer. He is also a member of the American Musicological Society, ASCAP (composer and publisher), College Music Society, Conductors Guild (Board member, 2006-08), and the League of American Orchestras, as well as the Anthony Burgess Center in Angers, France, and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation in Manchester, England, which named him an Honorary Patron of the Foundation in June 2011. For further information, please visit his website at