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HSGTO

The Howard County High School Gifted and Talented Orchestras got their start as the Howard Regional Youth Orchestra over a quarter century ago.  One of Maryland's premier youth orchestras, the HSGTO Symphony Orchestra has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall, Washington, DC's Kennedy Center, The Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and Baltimore's Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.  Our new Repertory Orchestra is excelling under the direction of Sari O'Bryan and Kate Bateman.   This past year, we shared the stage with TwoSet Violin for two incredible concerts, and we soon have announcements about our projects for the 2019-2020 season. We couldn't be more excited about the upcoming year and we can't wait to share that excitement with all of you!

Auditions

Auditions dates for the 2019-2020 season will be June 11th-13th at RESERVOIR HS for strings and winds and on June 10th at HOWARD COMMUNITY COLLEGE for percussionists.

Audition requirements, including excerpts for each instrument are available for download using the links at the bottom of the page. Our process for scheduling auditions is as follows:

1) Follow the link at the end of these instructions to submit an application for the orchestra.

2) When we receive your application, we will assign you an audition time and send you an email with that time. Please note that this is not an automated response so the email will not come instantly. If you have filled out an application and do not receive an audition time within 2 days, please email 'directors@hsgto.org' (The most common cause of this is a mistyped email in the application and is easily corrected).

3) Further instructions will be provided in the email with your audition time.

If you are interested auditioning for the orchestra, please click here to fill out an application.

Flute

Flute

Oboe

Oboe

Clarinet

Clarinet

Bassoon

Bassoon

Horn

Horn

Trumpet

Trumpet

Trombone

Trombone

Tuba

Tuba

Violin

Violin

Percussion

Percussion

Viola

Viola

Cello

Cello

Bass

Bass

Concerto Competition Results

We were treated to an afternoon of wonderful performances as 16 musicians took the stage at the Meyerhoff on November 14th to compete in our annual concerto competition.  The performers were incredible, and did not make it easy for the Baltimore Symphony judging panel to pick the winners.   

We would like to congratulate Matthew Zhou as the winner of this year’s concerto competition.  Matthew performed the 1st movement of Beethoven’s 1st piano concerto with remarkable elegance and musicality and was chosen by the panel of Baltimore Symphony musicians to perform with the BSO at our April 30th side by side concert.   

The Baltimore Symphony panel chose Gloria Cai as the runner-up in the competition for her performance of the 1st movement of the Dvorak cello concerto.  Gloria will be performing this concerto with HSGTSO at our February 10th concert.   

The musicians of the Baltimore Symphony would also like to award an honorable mention to Madelyn Dwyer for her performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.  

Again, congratulations to all of the participants. 

TWoset

  • Tuesday September 4th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday September 11th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday September 18th - Cancelled due to Yom Kippur observation

  • Tuesday September 25th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday October 2nd 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday October 9th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday October 16th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Thursday October 18th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Sunday October 21st - TwoSet Retreat; Call- 9am; 1st Concert - 3:00 pm; 2nd Concert - TBD; Wilde Lake HS.


GT Choir and Concert 2

  • Tuesday October 23th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday October 30th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Thursday November 1st- HS G/T Choir Rehearsal 6:30pm-8:30pm (selected students only), Location TBD

  • Saturday November 3rd - HS G/T Choir Dress Rehearsal 1pm-7pm (selected students only), Location TBD

  • Sunday November 4th - HS G/T Choir Concert (selected students only), 3pm (call TBD) Glenelg HS

  • Tuesday November 6th - Election Day - No Rehearsal

  • Tuesday November 13th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday November 20th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday November 27th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Sunday December 2nd - Concert - 2pm (Noon call) - Wilde Lake HS.


Concert 3

  • Tuesday December 4th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday December 11th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday December 18th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday January 8th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday January 15th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday January 22nd 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday January 29th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday February 5th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Sunday February 10th - Concert - 3pm (Noon call) - Wilde Lake HS.


BSO Side-by-side

  • Tuesday February 12th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday February 19th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday February 26th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday March 5th 7:00pm-9pm Reservoir Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday March 12th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday March 19th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday March 26th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday April 2nd 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday April 9th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday April 16th - no rehearsal, spring break

  • Tuesday April 23th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday April 30th - 3:00pm-5:30pm - Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (bus transportation will be provided to the concert hall).

  • Tuesday April 30th - BSO Side-by-Side Concert - 7:30pm - Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

  • Sunday May 5th - Concert - 3pm (1p call) - Wilde Lake HS (Brass, Percussion, other selected members)


HSGTO Attendance Policy

We strive to create an orchestral experience for our students that is musically rewarding and challenging.  In order to achieve this, it is important for all involved to exhibit commitment to rehearsal attendance, integrity in music preparation, and proper rehearsal etiquette.  With this in mind, we would like to provide a clear attendance policy to ensure a success for the orchestra as a whole.

1. Attendance for all rehearsals and concerts is mandatory.

2. Students will be permitted one excused absence per concert. All excused absences must be communicated by email to directors atsymbolthing hsgto dotperiodthing org (modest attempt at curbing automated spam in the formatting of that email address) and approved by the directors at least two weeks in advance of the absence (except for sickness and emergencies).

3. Excused absences may include the following: college visits, school concerts, school Spring trips.

4. All other absences are unexcused, including: Social activities, school homework/projects, studying for tests, illness, etc.

5. After any absence, students will be required to play for the directors before the next rehearsal at 6:00PM.

6. After one excused absence per concert or after ANY unexcused absence, the student’s participation in HSGTO will be subject to review by the directors.

It is our expectation that all students will abide by these guidelines, thus creating a more positive and productive musical experience for everyone. 

Concert 1

  • Tuesday September 4th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday September 11th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday September 18th - Cancelled due to Yom Kippur observation

  • Tuesday September 25th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday October 2nd 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday October 9th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday October 16th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday October 23th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday October 30th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday November 6th - Election Day - No Rehearsal

  • Tuesday November 13th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday November 20th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday November 27th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Sunday December 2nd - Concert - 2pm (Noon call) - Wilde Lake HS.


Concert 2

  • Tuesday December 4th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday December 11th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday December 18th 7:00pm-9pm Reservoir Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday January 8th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday January 15th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday January 22nd 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday January 29th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday February 5th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Sunday February 10th - Concert - 3pm (Noon call) - Wilde Lake HS.


Concert 3

  • Tuesday February 12th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday February 19th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday February 26th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday March 5th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday March 12th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday March 19th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday March 26th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday April 2nd 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday April 9th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday April 16th - no rehearsal, spring break

  • Tuesday April 23th 7:00pm-9pm River Hill Rehearsal Room

  • Tuesday April 30th - Symphony Orchestra BSO Side-by-Side Concert - 7:30pm (6:45p call) - Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

  • One more rehearsal to be determined between April 29th and May 3rd

  • Sunday May 5th - Concert - 3pm (1p call) - Wilde Lake HS.


HSGTO Attendance Policy

We strive to create an orchestral experience for our students that is musically rewarding and challenging.  In order to achieve this, it is important for all involved to exhibit commitment to rehearsal attendance, integrity in music preparation, and proper rehearsal etiquette.  With this in mind, we would like to provide a clear attendance policy to ensure a success for the orchestra as a whole.

1. Attendance for all rehearsals and concerts is mandatory.

2. Students will be permitted one excused absence per concert. All excused absences must be communicated by email to directors atsymbolthing hsgto dotperiodthing org (modest attempt at curbing automated spam in the formatting of that email address) and approved by the directors at least two weeks in advance of the absence (except for sickness and emergencies).

3. Excused absences may include the following: college visits, school concerts, school Spring trips.

4. All other absences are unexcused, including: Social activities, school homework/projects, studying for tests, illness, etc.

5. After any absence, students will be required to play for the directors before the next rehearsal at 6:00PM.

6. After one excused absence per concert or after ANY unexcused absence, the student’s participation in HSGTO will be subject to review by the directors.

It is our expectation that all students will abide by these guidelines, thus creating a more positive and productive musical experience for everyone. 

 

Past Seasons

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2018 - 2019

  • Marquez: Danzon #2

  • TwoSet Violin

  • Strauss: Feierlicher Einzug

  • Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture

  • Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite

  • Delius: The Walk to Paradise Garden

  • Shostakovich: Ballet Suite No. 1

  • Verdi: Nabucco Overture

  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony #5, 4th mvt.

  • Sibelius: Symphony #2

  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Concert Recording - Dec. 2, 2018 - Symphony Orchestra

Concert Recording - Dec. 2, 2018 - Symphony Orchestra

Concert Recording - Dec. 2, 2018 - Repertory Orchestra

Concert Recording - Dec. 2, 2018 - Repertory Orchestra

Concert Recording: TwoSet Violin - October 21, 2018

Concert Recording: TwoSet Violin - October 21, 2018

Concert Recording: May 6, 2018

Concert Recording: May 6, 2018

Concert Recording: December 3, 2017

Concert Recording: December 3, 2017

2017 - 2018

  • Kabalevsky: Overture to Colas Breugnon

  • Dvorak: Symphony #9, from the New World

  • Ginastera: Estancia

  • Rossini: La Scala di Seta Overture

  • Stravinsky: The Firebird (1919)

  • Weber: Oberon Overture

  • Rachmaninoff: Symphony #2, 1st and 4th mvts.

  • John Mackey: Mass

  • Leonard Bernstein: Overture to Candide

  • Robert Schumann: Piano Concerto, op. 54 in a minor, 1st mvt. Gloria Cai, piano

  • Walter Piston: The Incredible Flutist


2016-2017

  • Copland: Buckaroo Holiday and Hoedown from Rodeo

  • Rossini: William Tell

  • Berlioz: Rakoczi March

  • Faure: Requiem

  • Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture

  • Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

  • Gershwin: Cuban Overture

  • Mozart: Overture to the Marriage of Figaro

  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet

  • Shostakovich: Symphony #5, 1st and 4th mvts.

  • Dvorak: Carnival Overture

  • Copland: Clarinet Concerto (Madelyn Armes, Clarinet)

  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis

Concert Recording: October 2, 2016  Kennedy Center

Concert Recording: October 2, 2016

Kennedy Center

Concert Recording: December 4, 2016

Concert Recording: December 4, 2016

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Concert Recording: May 21, 2017

Concert Recording: May 21, 2017


2015 - 2016

  • Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite

  • Borodin: Symphony #2

  • Borodin: Polovetsian Dances

  • Beethoven: Symphony #5, 3rd and 4th mvts.

  • Wagner: Die Meistersinger Overture

  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnole

  • Prokofiev: Symphony #7

  • Saint-Saens: Bacchanale from Samson and Delila

  • Grieg: Piano Concerto


2014 - 2015

  • De Meij: Lord of the Rings, Gandalf

  • Brahms: Symphony #1, 4th mvt.

  • Smetana: The Bartered Bride, Overture

  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture

  • Beethoven: Fidelio Overture

  • Mahler: Symphony #2, 1st mvt.

  • Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor, 1st mvt

  • Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture

  • Sibelius: Symphony #2, 3rd and 4th mvt.

  • Stanley Leonard: Circus for percussion ensemble

  • Bach/Stokowski: Toccata and Fugue in d minor

  • Bruch: Violin Concerto #1, 1st mvt.

  • Dukas: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

  • Beethoven: Symphony #6, Mvts. 4 and 5


2013 - 2014

  • Mozart: Die Zauberflote Overture

  • Brahms: Symphony #2, 1st Mvt.

  • Lortz: Deus Ex Machina

  • Williams: Star Wars Suite

  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6, 3rd and 4th mvt.

  • Prokofiev: Violin Concert No. 2, 1st Mvt.

  • Dvorak: Symphony #8

  • Berlioz: Le Corsaire Overture

  • Saint-Säens: Cello Concerto No. 1, 1st mvt.

  • Respigi: Vetrate di Chiesa, II. San Michele Arcangelo

  • Wagner: Sigfried's Funeral March from Gotterdammerung

  • de Falla: The Three Cornered Hat


2012 - 2013

  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

  • Smetana: Ma Vlast (My County), II. The Moldau

  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastic, IV. Marche au supplice and V. Songe d'une nuit du Sabbat

  • Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

  • Elgar: Enigma Variations

  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto #3

  • Mahler: Symphony #1, 1st and 4th mvts.

  • Williams: The Cowboys

  • Prokofiev: Montegues and Capulets

  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, 1st and 4th mvts.

  • Chaminade: Flute Concertino

 

Directors

Ben Denne

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Ben Denne is a graduate of Northwestern University where he studied Euphonium performance with Rex Martin and conducting with Mallory Thompson and John Paynter. He received a bachelor of music degree with an emphasis in both performance and education. He received his masters' degree in music education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Mr. Denne has directed the orchestra program at Ellicott Mills MS since 1998.   In that time, the orchestra has grown from a small group of 4 violinists to a program that currently reaches ~150 students in four orchestras.  Mr. Denne is a frequent guest conductor around the state of Maryland, where he has conducted county middle-school and high-school honor groups.  He has also served on adjudication and assessment panels for Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Harford, and Montgomery Counties.  He has had a place on the music leadership team in Howard County for 8 years and has worked on many curriculum writing teams over the past 18 years.

A conductor of the Howard County High School Gifted and Talented Orchestra (formerly the Howard Regional Youth Orchestra) since 2002, Mr. Denne has taken students to perform at Carnegie Hall, the Midwest Clinic, and most recently the Kennedy Center, where the orchestra performed a side-by-side concert with the top student orchestra from Beijing, China.

For 10 years, Mr. Denne also served as the director of the Howard High School orchestra, adding a second orchestra and doubling the number of students reached in the program.  The Howard High Orchestras and Mr. Denne were awarded recognition and won compeitions for performances in Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Virginia Beach, and Myrtle Beach.

Ben maintains a small studio of private students on euphonium, trombone, and tuba, performs with One Flight Up on trombone, and performs as a bass soloist at the Zion Lutheran church.  He resides in Columbia, MD with his wife Beth and daughter Katie.


Colin o'Bryan

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Colin O’Bryan has been an educator in Howard County Public Schools since 2000.  A graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Double Bass Performance, Mr. O’Bryan has previously been the Orchestra Director at Atholton, Howard, and Mount Hebron High Schools in Howard County Maryland.  He is currently the Orchestra Director at Reservoir High School, where he also teaches Music Theory I and  Theory II AP.  In addition, Mr. O’Bryan has served as Director of the Howard County Gifted and Talented Orchestra, Howard County Repertory Orchestra, Baltimore County Middle School GT Orchestra and the Southern Maryland All County Orchestra.  Mr. O’Bryan also served on the review and appointment panel for the position of Conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra.   As a bassist, Mr. O’Bryan has served as a clinician with the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, and the New York String Teachers Association Summer String Institute at Ithaca College.  He has also been an adjudicator for various county and state festivals and assessments.  Colin has been a part of Bassworks since its inception, and serves as director of one of its many chamber groups.


James woomert

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James Woomert is the Director of Orchestras and Music Technology at Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland. Prior to arriving at Atholton, James served as Associate Director of Orchestras at the nationally recognized Carmel High School Orchestra Program in Carmel, Indiana. Originally from Toronto, Canada, James moved to Indiana to study at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he completed a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance and a Master of Science in Music Education. While attending IU, James studied string pedagogy with Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig and was a member of the founding staff of the Fairview Violin Project, a pilot musical outreach program providing violin instruction to at-risk elementary school students. As well as conducting and coaching various southern Indiana youth wind and string ensembles, James also taught music introduction and methods courses at Indiana University as an Associate Instructor.


In addition to his classroom and private studio teaching, James has been a freelance violist in the Indianapolis area, performed as a member of the Owensboro (KY) Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2012, toured with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and was selected to participate in three summer seasons with the National Academy Orchestra. James has also held leadership positions in the orchestras of Indiana University, performed with almost every regional orchestra in Indiana, and enjoyed the opportunity to work with such renowned musicians as Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis, Jaime Laredo, and Joshua Bell.


James’ principal teachers and musical mentors include Kent Teeple of the Toronto Symphony, Yuval Gotlibovich, formerly of Indiana University, and Soo Han and Richard Saucedo of the Carmel High School Performing Arts Department.


sari o'Bryan

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Sari O’Bryan is an educator, conductor and violinist originally from Helena, Montana.  Mrs. O’Bryan graduated from the College of Music at Loyola University, New Orleans, earning a Bachelor of Music.  She also holds a Masters of Music Education from Boston University.

Mrs. O’Bryan is the Director of Orchestras at Centennial Lane Elementary School and Clarksville Elementary School in Howard County.  As a string specialist for Baltimore County, Mrs. O’Bryan taught at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School where her string orchestras received consistent superior ratings at county and state festivals.  She was also the co-director of the Baltimore County Summer String Camp.  Mrs. O’Bryan has been an adjudicator for violin, viola, cello, and bass for the Baltimore County Junior and Senior All-Honors Orchestras as well as for the Maryland Junior All-State Orchestra and Senior All-State Orchestras.  She has also served as an adjudicator for multiple Maryland county Solo and Ensemble festivals.

Mrs. O’Bryan began her teaching career as an Artist in Residence in the state of South Carolina at the Charleston County School for the Arts in Charleston, SC where she taught middle school strings.   She also served as a clinician for the South Carolina Regional Orchestra, as a violin adjudicator for the South Carolina Junior All-State Orchestra and as the cello section coach for the Charleston Youth Symphony Orchestra.  Mrs. O’Bryan has also been an elementary general music teacher in Miami, FL working primarily with ESOL and ED children.

Mrs. O’Bryan is a classically trained violinist studying primarily with Valerie Poulette.  She is also a proficient violist and cellist under the tutelage of Suzanne Lefevre and Allen Nisbet.   She is married to another Howard County Orchestra Director, Mr. Colin O’Bryan of Reservoir High School, and the mother of beautiful children, Eamonn and Fiona.          


Tim McKay

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Tim McKay currently serves on faculty at Howard Community College where he teaches applied percussion lessons, percussion ensemble, and the Fundamentals of Music theory course. Mr. McKay maintains a strong private teaching studio through HCC's Music Institute program, and he is the director of Drummin' Dragons, a week-long summer percussion workshop. In addition to teaching at HCC, he is the long-time percussion coordinator of the Howard County HSGTO (High School GT Orchestra). An active clinician and educator, Mr. McKay has given clinics and masterclasses throughout the DMV, including the PAS MD/DE Day of Percussion, and has adjudicated Solo and Ensemble Festivals as well as regional and state-level auditions. Mr. McKay is a member of the Percussive Arts Society, the Vic Firth Education Team and the Black Swamp Percussion Educator Network. His students have performed in prestigious national programs such as the Juilliard Percussion Seminar, Sewanee Music Festival, Music For All National Percussion Festival, Midwest Clinic, Honor Orchestra of America, and Tanglewood. They have been accepted into the leading music schools and conservatories across the country including Elon, George Mason, Maryland, Michigan, Indiana, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Oberlin, NEC, and Carnegie Mellon. 

Mr. McKay performs regularly as section percussionist/assistant timpanist with the Apollo Orchestra, and has previously performed with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and the Annapolis, Roanoke, West Virginia, and Syracuse Symphonies. He has performed at venues across the country including the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Center, Baltimore Lyric Opera House, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, The Hippodrome, National Cathedral, Getty Center, Merkin Hall, and Cleveland Museum of Art. He has also performed with many DC area musical theater companies including Olney Theater, Imagination Stage, Studio Theater, Atlas Theater, Catholic University, and Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theater. In 2009, Mr. McKay performed the first movement of Christopher Rouse's percussion concerto Der geretette Alberich with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra alongside UMD alumni Lee Hinkle and Danny Villanueva. In 2012 he was named a Rising Star finalist at Howard County's Celebration of the Arts Gala, and he performed with American Idol winner Phillip Phillips for PBS's A Capitol Fourth celebration on the National Mall.

Mr. McKay holds a BM in percussion performance from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where he studied with Michael Rosen, and a MM in percussion performance from the University of Maryland where he studied with John Tafoya. Former teachers include Guy Gauthreaux (ret. US Navy Band), Bill Richards (ret. US Army Band) and Brian Prechtl (Baltimore Symphony).


kate bateman

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Kate Bateman is a flutist and teacher originally from Columbia, Maryland, and a proud product of Howard County’s music programs. She graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University with her Bachelor’s degree in 2012, and she earned her Master’s degree with merit from the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2014.

As a professional musician, Ms. Bateman has appeared at many festivals and competitions. She played with the National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado in 2015, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in 2016. She has worked with distinguished conductors such as Charles Dutoit,  Michael Tilson Thomas, Paavo Jarvi, Ivan Fisher, and Trevor Pinnock. She was named prize winner of multiple competitions, including the British Flute Society’s Young Artist Competition, the Mid Atlantic Flute Society’s Young Artist Competition, and the Royal Academy’s annual flute and piccolo competitions.

Ms. Bateman’s teaches general music and band at Mount View and Burleigh Manor Middle Schools. Previously to her work in the United States, Ms. Bateman taught music theory and aural skills for two years at Chetham’s School of Music, a selective private music school in Manchester, England. She also coaches woodwind sectionals for the Howard County GT High School Orchestra and teaches privately in the area.

 

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