Congratulations to students Benji W. for obtaining Levine Music’s Dean’s List status, and Elsa C. for obtaining President’s List status for Fall 2018!
I am eager to soon release a series of Workshop and Presentation Sample Descriptions which will be available for anyone wishing to host an activity or event engagement for musicians and/or the music community! Stay tuned in the coming days…!
Paying respects to the music world’s loss of two great musicians and conductors this week who have made an impact on my musical and personal lives. Humbled by their magnificent life’s work and for being a small participant in it to see just what is possible. Loving thoughts to their families, students, and fellow colleagues.
Maestro Chuck Penington, Conductor, Arranger, Pianist (11/21)
Maestro Harold Farberman, Conductor, Teacher, Composer (11/24)
I am looking forward to adding my new post this Spring 2019 as Adjunct String Instructor at the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA-Annandale)!
Congratulations to the following students for their most recent accomplishments:
-Maeve McMurray (viola) joining DCYOP
-Benjamin Whiting-Eisemann (violin) joining MCYO
-Matthew Iceland (viola) Fall 2018 Levine President's List
-Joaquin Moreno (violin) Fall 2018 Levine President's List
Additionally, accolades to several other students who re-auditioned and are rejoining their youth orchestra program!
Honored to have performed onstage with the National Presidential Orchestra of Kiev in instrumental and operatic pieces with soloists, in the Bouquet Kiev Festival of August 2018, through the CWC UArtist Workshop in Ukraine.
Pictures will be posted on the gallery pages.
Levine's Adult String Ensemble performed their first concert on Friday evening. Smiling faces all around.
I have been selected as one of the conducting participants for the Conducting Workshops and Concerts 2018 in Kiev, Ukraine this August to work with Maestro Christopher Lyndon Gee, Principal Guest Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Lithuania, Composer, Professor, Adelphi University in New York,USA; several soloists, composers, and coaches; and with The National Presidential Orchestra of Ukraine. I am excited for this opportunity!
Several students are performing in recitals over this weekend. Good luck to all and congratulations for very hard work this year!
Congratulations to all Marlin-Engel competitors, and to student Joaquin Moreno, who received Honorable Mention in the Intermediate Instrumental Division at Levine's annual competition!
Congratulations to student Joaquin Moreno for his participation in the Gaithersburg Young Artists Competition and advancing to the next round of the International Great Composers Competition for Best Handel Performance!
I am very much looking forward to attending a music workshop retreat in NYC this March. The European American Musical Alliance (EAMA) retreat is a satellite event from the esteemed Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris, France. The retreat will be led by their institute directors, Dr. Philip Lasser and Dr. Benjamin C. S. Boyle.
A big Congratulations to violin student Jonathan Tiayon, who was accepted into the DC Youth Orchestra Program's Young Artist Orchestra this Spring 2018! Jonathan is also playing in the Montgomery County Honors Orchestra in Maryland.
I am pleased to be teaching a few summer courses again at Levine Music's Maryland Strathmore Campus this June 2018. I will be teaching for the second year of Adult Beginner Violin/Viola Class and the Boot Camp for Kids, in addition to the new Adult Beginner/Intermediate String Ensemble. Contact me if you're interested in joining any of these classes!
Update: Registrations are now available online:
Congratulations to several of my students who have been accepted into the Maryland All-State Orchestra and Montgomery County All-County Honors Orchestra Festivals this spring!
This weekend I finished conducting on a concert along with several other conductors in Waynesville, NC for the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute and Competition, with the fabulous local symphony musicians and studying under the observation of Master Teacher Dwight Oltman. Always fun to work with and learn from fantastic musicians.
A Congratulations is due to one of my students, Joaquin Moreno, violin, who has received Honorable Mention in the Intermediate Instrumental Division of Levine Music's 2017 Marlin-Engel Solo Competition. Proud of your hard work!
Exciting news! I have been accepted as a Full Participant into the Smoky Mountain International Conducting Institute and Competition in North Carolina later this spring, where I will be learning from master teacher Maestro Dwight Oltman and working with the SMI Chamber Orchestra in rehearsal and concert.