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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Vernon Hills High School Symphony Orchestra at Orangerie Schönbrunn – March 28, 2012

 

Vernon Hills High School Symphony Orchestra
Frank Lestina, director
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
3:30pm Concert
Orangerie Schönbrunn
Schönbrunner Schloßstraße
1130 Vienna (map)

Program scheduled to include
Brandenberg Concerto No. 3 — J.S. Bach
Violin Concerto No. 4, KV 218 — W.A. Mozart
Prometheus Overture — L.V. Beethoven
St. Paul’s Suite — Gustav Holst
and more….

FREE CONCERT
Voluntary donations will be collected at the concert in support of “Streetchildren in Arad,” a project of the European Culture Initiative for the Young Generation.

About the Artists…

Vernon Hills High School is very proud of our Fine Arts curriculum.  There are three orchestras at VHHS with a total of 150 string students.  The orchestras meet as elective classes.  All freshmen begin in Concert Orchestra, and students advance to Philharmonic Orchestra as sophomores.  Symphony Orchestra is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors by audition. In addition, we offer more than 25 curricular courses in Visual Arts, Dance, Theater and Music.  Music courses include three choirs, three orchestras, three bands and AP Music Theory.  In addition, we offer the following extra-curricular options: jazz band, jazz strings, pit orchestra, and two vocal ensembles. Vernon Hills is located approximately 35 miles north of Chicago in Lake County, Illinois.  District 128 is a high school district consisting of two schools, Libertyville High School and Vernon Hills High School.  Vernon Hills High School opened in 1999 to relieve the overcrowding at Libertyville High School.  The current district population is just a little over 3,200 students.  Vernon Hills High School is the smaller of the two schools with only 1,360 students.

Frank Lestina received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago and his Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Illinois.  Mr. Lestina started his teaching career in Danville, Illinois in 1980 and then moved to Libertyville High School in 1986.   While at Libertyville, the orchestra performed at the Midwest Clinic twice and traveled extensively, including four tours to Europe.  In the fall of 2000, Mr. Lestina accepted the position of Fine Arts Supervisor and Orchestra Director at Vernon Hills High School.  Vernon Hills is proud to continue the District 128 tradition of excellence with a performance at the IMEA All-State Conference in Peoria in 2004 and tours to China in 2001, Spain in 2006 and Italy in 2008.  Most recently, the Symphony Orchestra was invited to perform at the MENC National Conference in Milwaukee this April.  Mr. Lestina is very active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator.   He is a member of American String Teachers Association and very active in the Illinois Music Educators Association having served as the District 7 President for six years.

Vernon Hills High School Symphony Orchestra at St. Simon and Judah Church – March 25, 2012

Vernon Hills High School Symphony Orchestra
Frank Lestina, director
Sunday, March 25, 2012
6:00pm Concert
St. Simon and Judah Church
Dušní Street (at U milosrdných)
110 00 Prague 1 (map)

Program scheduled to include
Brandenberg Concerto No. 3 — J.S. Bach
Violin Concerto No. 4, KV 218 — W.A. Mozart
Prometheus Overture — L.V. Beethoven
St. Paul’s Suite — Gustav Holst
and more….

FREE CONCERT

About the Artists…

Vernon Hills High School is very proud of our Fine Arts curriculum.  There are three orchestras at VHHS with a total of 150 string students.  The orchestras meet as elective classes.  All freshmen begin in Concert Orchestra, and students advance to Philharmonic Orchestra as sophomores.  Symphony Orchestra is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors by audition. In addition, we offer more than 25 curricular courses in Visual Arts, Dance, Theater and Music.  Music courses include three choirs, three orchestras, three bands and AP Music Theory.  In addition, we offer the following extra-curricular options: jazz band, jazz strings, pit orchestra, and two vocal ensembles. Vernon Hills is located approximately 35 miles north of Chicago in Lake County, Illinois.  District 128 is a high school district consisting of two schools, Libertyville High School and Vernon Hills High School.  Vernon Hills High School opened in 1999 to relieve the overcrowding at Libertyville High School.  The current district population is just a little over 3,200 students.  Vernon Hills High School is the smaller of the two schools with only 1,360 students.

Frank Lestina received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago and his Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of Illinois.  Mr. Lestina started his teaching career in Danville, Illinois in 1980 and then moved to Libertyville High School in 1986.   While at Libertyville, the orchestra performed at the Midwest Clinic twice and traveled extensively, including four tours to Europe.  In the fall of 2000, Mr. Lestina accepted the position of Fine Arts Supervisor and Orchestra Director at Vernon Hills High School.  Vernon Hills is proud to continue the District 128 tradition of excellence with a performance at the IMEA All-State Conference in Peoria in 2004 and tours to China in 2001, Spain in 2006 and Italy in 2008.  Most recently, the Symphony Orchestra was invited to perform at the MENC National Conference in Milwaukee this April.  Mr. Lestina is very active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator.   He is a member of American String Teachers Association and very active in the Illinois Music Educators Association having served as the District 7 President for six years.

SYMPHO & Roosevelt HS Chamber Orchestra – March 23, 2012

Acclaimed New York Orchestra SYMPHO partners with the Award Winning Roosevelt High School Chamber Orchestra in a combined concert.  Members of the edgy SYMPHO will sit side by side in a friendship concert with the talented Seattle orchestra to present music by Tchaikovsky, Grainger, Warlock, Monteverdi, and the epic Beethoven Symphony No. 7.  As with any SYMPHO concert – the music is close up, personal and gives you an intimate view of the workings of an orchestra!

FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT

SYMPHO
Paul Haas, conductor
partnering with
ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Anna Edwards, director
Seattle, Washington

Friday, March 23, 2012
7:30pm
Church for All Nations
417 West 57th Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues)
in the Manhattan Borough of New York City (map)

Concert presented by Music Celebrations International.  For more information, contact Cindy Petty at 800-395-2036.