• Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington

    Metropolitan Washington DC's Premier Ensemble

  • About


    Our Mission

    The mission of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO) is to create intimate, inspirational musical experiences throughout the Washington DC area by engaging the community through vibrant music making by the orchestra and chamber ensembles.


    Our Vision

    PACO will perform traditional classical favorites, rarely heard works by well-known and new composers, and skillfully arranged reductions of larger orchestral masterpieces. We will also provide encouragement to Washington DC area composers by commissioning and performing their new works. Moreover, we seek to make classical music accessible to the entire community. Low income, at-risk, disabled, students, youths and elderly individuals will be encouraged to attend, by receiving discounted admission to our events. PACO will thrive by interactively engaging our audience, and exclusively highlighting our orchestral artists as soloists.


    In a nutshell...

    The main artistic drive behind PACO is the desire to revitalize the classical music scene from within, by re-imagining & redefining the content and delivery of classical concerts. This means approaching each program or individual work with a fresh mind, searching for ways to make the music more engaging, more inspiring, more profound. Our biggest aim is to fill our audience with the passion we feel about our music, and create truly memorable performances.



    Who will take the podium?

    In search for PACO's next Maestro

    During the end of the 2015-16 Concert Season, PACO announced a search for a dynamic and talented Conductor. Four guest conductors will take the podium this season to lead PACO in our Masterworks Concert Series. One will be the next PACO Maestro!


    The ideal candidate will possess long-range vision, leadership and a strong commitment to continue the exciting growth of PACO; together with significant conducting experience and musical talent, and the proven ability to produce a performance experience of the highest caliber. Please join us for these thrilling performances!


    2016-2017 Season Conductor Search Finalists were announced on September 17, 2016 at our Benefit Concert. For more information on the finalists click the button below.



    Dr. Maryory Serrano


    An accomplished orchestral and chamber musician, Maryory Serrano began violin studies at the Aragua Symphony Foundation in Venezuela. She has studied with a number of noted teachers and has earned an masters degree in Violin Performance and Artist Diplomas in String Quartet Studies and Violin Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory under Akemi Takayama. She has performed in numerous festivals including Union de las Artes (Venezuela), Curso de Violin (Venezuela), Las Vegas Music Festival, and National Repertory Orchestra (Breckenridge, Colorado).


    Ms. Serrano served as principal second violin at the Idyllwild Arts Music Festival under the baton of Larry Livingston, and also performed at the Castleton Festival under the baton of then-New York Philharmonic conductor Lorin Maazel. Ms. Serrano has performed at such renowned venues as Carnegie Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and the Walt Disney Concert hall in Los Angeles. In 2007, she was the only violinist from the Americas invited to compete in the International Violin Competition Citta d'Brescia in Italy.


    Ms. Serrano has taken master classes with such renowned violinists as Anne Akiko Meyers and Midori, and chamber music master classes with Irish pianist John O'Conor. Ms. Serrano was a member of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela from 1995 until 2001, and has been Principal Second Violin at the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra since 2003. She has extensive experience serving as a concertmaster, including with the Shenandoah Conservatory symphony orchestra for several years under Venezuelan conductor Jan Wagner, and most recently has served as concertmaster for the Catholic University of America symphony orchestra while pursuing her doctoral degree at that institution under the direction of Jody Gatwood.


    Ms. Serrano holds an adjunct faculty position in violin at Frederick (MD) Community College. She also performs with the Apollo Orchestra, and National String Symphonia in the Washington, DC area, and with the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in Shepherdstown, WV. Additionally, Ms. Serrano is a founding member of the Loudoun Quartet and Argot Sring Quartet.


  • Personnel

    The Artists of PACO

    String Sections


    Dr. Marjory Serrano, concertmaster

    Dr. Jie Hyue Kim, assistant concertmaster

    Ji Hyun Bae

    Nancy Bovill

    Sheyna Burt

    Sarah Connelly Calderon

    Sarah Costales

    Thomas Gardner

    Ali Konopka

    Eunju Kwak

    Margot Mezvinsky

    Frank Perrachia

    Amy Walder

    Heather Wong-Voorhees


    Dr. Nora Hamme, principal
    Stanley Beckwith, assistant principal
    Andrew Crane, assistant principal

    Jennifer Bockstege

    June Hahm

    Gene Makley
    Catherine Palusci

    Adrienn Salazar

    Camilo Perez-Mejia, principal

    Meghan Hickman, assistant principal

    Zach Whitaker, assistant principal
    Sarah Hover

    Dr. Heejung Jung

    Michael Puryear

    Chad Schwartz


    Michael Rohrer, principal

    Erik Cohen

    Kenton Hambrick


    Vanessa J. Young-Miller

    Cheryl Roeske

    Clara Salazar


    Dr. Bora Lee

    Trystan Bennett

    Woodwind & Brass Sections


    Laaura Benning
    Ashley Bowen-Sanchez
    Andrea Diggs

    William C. Marlowe


    Oboe/Cor Anglais

    Emily Bentgen

    Robert D. Huffman, Jr.

    Jane Hughes


    Alisha D. Coleman
    Elizabeth C. Bley

    Dr. Walter D. Wynn, III
    Robin Gelman



    Dr. Robert Goler


    Michael Neal

    Bernard Baiden

    Wendy Chinn

    Dr. L. Avery Pettigrew



    Chieko Matsuyama Reaves

    David Ottinger

    Jose Luis Oviedo

    Matthew Fitzsimmons


    Christopher Reaves

    Adam Stokes
    Dr. Huai-En Tsai
    Brandon Smith

    Jeffrey Jacobsen


    Chris DeChiara

    Carlos Figuieras

    Emilie Mitchell

    Matthew Robotham

    Vickie Rundquist

    Craig Teer

  • Board of Directors


    Chairman & Managing Artistic Director

    William C. Marlowe


    Vice Chairman & Executive Director

    Alisha D. Coleman



    Dr. Nora Hamme



    Whitney S. Flood Dunton



    Marvin (Sloan) Brinsley Baker, Jr., PR & Media

    Maria Foltz Baylock, Educational Outreach

    Ashley Bowen-Sanchez, Outreach

    Dr. Kevin Fletcher, Community Outreach

    Dr. Lois McMahon, Outreach

    Dr. Maryory Serrano Prada, Personnel & Concertmaster

    Vanessa Young-Miller, Fundraising & Development

    Adrienn Salazar, Librarian


  • Dr. Candice Mowbray



    Mowbray earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Virginia’s Shenandoah Conservatory where she completed her thesis “Ida Presti as a Solo Performer and Composer of Works for Solo Guitar.” A feature of her current programs is the inclusion of solo works by Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya. Dedicated study of the compositions as well as the performance style of the two virtuosos has brought forth spirited presentations of their works. Mowbray also earned a Master of Music in classical guitar performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and a Bachelor of Art in music composition from Shepherd University. She studied classical guitar privately with Dr. Glenn Caluda and the internationally renowned Paraguayan guitarist, Berta Rojas. She furthered her studies through private lessons and masterclasses with other world-class artists including Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Angel Romero, Sharon Isbin, Roland Dyens, Eduardo Isaac, Ronald Pearl, Nicholas Goluses, Julian Gray, Ricardo Cobo, Adam Holzman, Maximo Diego Pujol and Victor Villadangos.


    An experienced instructor, lecturer and clinician, Mowbray has taught for Shenandoah Conservatory, Hagerstown Community College, Frederick Community College, Shepherd University, Mount St. Mary's University, Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and community schools of music. In addition to instructing private guitar students and coaching guitar ensembles, she has taught courses in music history, music theory and appreciation of the broader humanities. Her engagements as a guest lecturer have included the Guitar Foundation of America Convention at CalState Fullerton, Kreykenbaum Lecture Series, Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra lecture series. As a clinician and juror, she has worked with students of all ages at festivals and special programs including the TESS Guitar Festival, Mid-Atlantic Guitar Ensemble Festival, Levine School of Music and Performing and Visual Arts Northwest Governor’s School.


    Mowbray is an active chamber musician, collaborating with a variety of instrumentalists and vocalists. For over a decade, Mowbray performed in duet with flutist Susan Mott as Duo Classico. The long-standing duo was honored by invitations to perform for numerous community and private events as well as recitals. In 2012, Mowbray began performing with flutist Nora Suggs in the Fairfield Duo. The ensemble performs a wide range of internationally-influenced concert repertoire with a special focus on music from Japan and France. Their debut CD was released in June 2013 and includes the world-premiere recording of Ghenani by Richard Zarou. Other collaborations include Duo Claritare, with Maryland Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Michael Hoover, Belle Triste with jazz clarinetist Anita Thomas, and Satori, an award-winning chamber ensemble. Mowbray also participates in jazz and popular music projects (playing with such notable guitarists as Tobias Hurwitz and Marcelo Berestovoy) as well as musical theater and opera productions.


    Dr. Alán Saúl Saucedo Estrada


    Dr. Alán Saúl Saucedo Estrada holds cello performance degrees from the Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey, Scola Municipal de Musica “Victoria dels Angels” in Barcelona, and Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. He has been a prize winner in several music competitions, including the Second Yokohama International Music Competition in Japan. He has appeared in recitals in Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the USA, including presentations at the Smithsonian museum, the Kennedy Center, and the White House.


    Dr. Saucedo has recently published a book based on his investigation of Latin American classical cello music, “The Influence of Carlos Prieto on Contemporary Cello Music” by University Press of America. This book is currently for sale in all major bookstores around the world, and can be found at the libraries of many higher education institutions such as Yale, MIT, Duke, Columbia Maryland, Texas, and California universities, among many others.


    Dr. Saucedo’s commitment to education has brought him to different countries. He has taught cello and chamber music in Mexico, Spain and the United State. He has also presented masterclasses and conducted summer music festivals in the U.S., including the renown CelloSpeak music workshop.


    Together with his sister, Dr. Saucedo currently directs the strings program at Highland School and Hill School in Middleburg, and is on the faculty at the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy and the Music School of the Piedmont. He is also a member of the Roanoke Symphony and often collaborates with ensembles and orchestras in the D.C. area. A strong advocate of Latin American music, Dr. Saucedo often premieres and includes music by new Latin American composers in his lectures and presentations. He is also a member of the Mexican Vitali string quartet, a group dedicated to the performance and promotion of Latin American classical music.


    Fiona Studebaker


    Fiona Studebaker is a graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA where she studied with Akemi Takayama while earning her Master's Degree and Artist Diploma in Violin Performance. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Performance at the University of Memphis in Tennessee under the instruction of Dr. Soh-Hyun Park Altino. She served many times as concertmaster of the Conservatory Orchestra during her studies at Shenandoah Conservatory and placed second in the 2013 Concerto Competition with Vaughan-Williams' The Lark Ascending. She also took place in performing the premiere of Wynton Marsalis' Blues Symphony in 2015 at Strathmore with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra.


    Studebaker is in her second season as a member of the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra in Fort Myers, Florida. She also performs with the National String Symphonia in Rockville, MD, the Roanoke Symphony in Roanoke, VA and occasionally, the Annapolis Symphony in Annapolis, MD.


    Studebaker began playing the violin in her hometown of Bolivar, TN as a fiddler in a gospel bluegrass band with her siblings before she began classical violin studies. She currently lives with her husband in Winchester, VA where she also teaches private violin and fiddle lessons.

    William Marlowe


    Flutist William "Craig" Marlowe is a native of Loudoun County, Virginia, and currently holds the Principal Flute positions in the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO). Mr. Marlowe, formerly held the position of Principal Flute in the Washington Sinfonietta, and Principal Piccolo in the Washington Symphony Orchestra. He has also been a regular performer in the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, Charles-Washington Symphony, Washington Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra and the Landon Symphonette. In addition, he has performed with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Philharmonic Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and made solo appearances with numerous other orchestras. An avid chamber musician, he performs regularly with Harpist Cheryl Roeske, Musical Offering Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Vivacé.


    Mr. Marlowe has studied flute with Francile Bilyeu at Virginia Commonwealth University, Judith Mendenhall at Mannes College of Music, Vanita Hall-Jones at Catholic University of America, and William S. Haynes Artist, Susan Hoeppner, and has received chamber music coaching from violist Doris Lederer of the Audubon String Quartet. He was awarded First Place in the Virginia Music Teachers Young Artist Competition in 1986 and 1987, Virginia Music Teachers Concerto Competition and Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition in 1987.


    In addition to his performance attributes, he also maintains a select private studio, is a founding member of the Loudoun Quartet, is the founder and Managing Artistic Director, and President of the Board of Directors Executive Committee for PACO, serves on the Board of Directors and is the Acting Artistic Director for the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, is currently a member of the National Flute Association and the Flute Society of Washington, in addition to designing and maintaining the PACO and Loudoun Quartet websites.


    By day, to support his musical talent, he is also employed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Mr. Marlowe resides in his hometown, Sterling, VA, with his partner Ronald of 19 years, and their children, Miss Lily, Miss Hazel & Spanky (three Chihuahuas).

    Alisha Coleman


    Alisha Coleman is a member of the NOVA Manassas Symphony Orchestra, the 257th Army National Guard Band of Washington, DC, and the newly formed American Studio Orchestra in Baltimore. Alisha is a former Principal Clarinetist with the Washington Symphony Orchestra and has shared the stage with country artist Charlie Daniels, and gospel artists BeBe Winans, Richard Smallwood and Vicki Winans. She was also Principal Clarinet and Soloist with NVCC-Annandale Symphony Orchestra and Founder and Artistic Director of the Annandale Chamber Players. Her freelance credits include appearances with the Soulful Symphony with Darin Atwater, the McLean Orchestra with Colonel Arnald Gabriel, the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, and the American Wind Orchestra with the late Frederick Fennell. Alisha holds the Bachelor of Music degree from James Madison University with an emphasis in Music Industry. Alisha’s teachers have included S. James Kurtz, Les Nicholas and Sidney Forrest. She was also selected for a master class with Larry Combs, former principal clarinetist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. When not fulfilling her musical pursuits, Alisha works as a program coordinator for Military OneSource Center.

    Vanessa Young-Miller


    Vanessa Young is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she began her studies with harpist Jeanne Henderson and later with principal harpist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Bullen. She received her bachelor’s degree in music performance at Eastman School of Music, studying with Kathleen Bride and her master’s degree at Carnegie Mellon University, studying with Gretchen Van Hoesen, principal harpist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She also studied with studio harpist JoAnn Turovsky in Los Angeles, CA for two years after completing her master’s degree. Vanessa is the recipient of multiple scholarships and awards, as well as a member of the prestigious National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda.

    As principal harpist of the Debut Orchestra she enjoyed an international tour to China, as well as playing under the direction of John Williams, Michael Tilson Thomas, Joey Newman, and many other esteemed conductors. She has also performed with a variety of other ensembles such as Erie Philharmonic, Downey Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. A broad range of performances includes performing with Ben Folds, Video Games Live, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet, and the musical Camelot. In addition to performing with ensembles, she regularly enjoys providing music for various events such as weddings, galas and receptions in the DC, VA and MD area. Teaching is a passion of hers as well, which she nurtures through her studio of student harpists she teaches out of her home in Maryland.

  • Conductor Search Finalists



    William C. Marlowe, Flute

    Vanessa Young-Miller, Harp

    Saturday, November 12, 2016

    7:30 p.m.

    UCP Reston


    While working on his master’s degree in orchestral conducting at Bard College, New York, Juan Gallastegui was Assistant Conductor of the Bard College Conductors Institute Summer Orchestra and Graduate Conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra, under the advisement of Harold Faberman.


    Prior to coming to the States, Gallastegui conducted concerts with the Huelva Municipal Band in Huelva, Spain and Camerata Antonio Soler in Madrid. He was a co-founder of the Castro Urdiales Municipal Wind Band, a nonprofit music association in his hometown Castro-Urdiales, Spain, with forty musicians and the town hall´s music school, also serving as board member, music librarian, and treasurer.


    ​Gallastegui has an outstanding performance history as an euphonium player, playing principal and soloist for several wind bands in Spain. He was also a participant in the New York Philharmonic Principal Brass Festival. He formerly served as a Brass and Musicianship Instructor at Bard College Preparatory Division and as a Brass Specialist at Red Hook High School, both in New York.


    Gallastegui holds a B.A. in Musicology from University of La Rioja, Spain, B.M in Tuba Performance and Pedagogy of Tuba from the Navarre Conservatory, Masters in Education from the University of Cantabria. He earned a Masters in Orchestral Conducting from Bard College in New York and is finalizing his PhD. in Music History at La Rioja, Spain. Among other awards, Gallastegui was a Rafael Del Pino Foundation Scholarship Recipient in 2014 for the Orchestral Conducting Master’s Degree."



    Dr. Jie Hyue Kim, Violin

    Alisha Coleman, Clarinet

    Saturday, January 28, 2017

    7:30 p.m.

    UCP Reston


    Simón is presently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting at Shenandoah University with international award-winning Maestro Jan Wagner. As a conductor, Simon has appeared on stages in both Venezuela and the USA. He is currently Assistant Conductor of the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Shenandoah Conservatory Saxophone Large Ensemble, and Guest Conductor of the AYSO.


    A passionate conductor with vast experience in the orchestral field, Mr Zerpa was educated at "El Sistema", the world-renowned orchestra national program in Venezuela. He later received violin solo and chamber music training at Mozarteum School of Music in Caracas, and a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at Universidad de las Artes, both under tutelage of Swiss-Venezuelan violinist Simon Gollo.


    Mr. Zerpa has participated in international music programs such as the Nuevo Mundo Festival and Academy (Aruba), Starling-DeLay Symposium on Violin Studies (Juilliard School), Latino-American Academy of Violin (Venezuela), Académie Musicale de Morges (Switzerland), Dali Quartet International Music Festival (USA), International Youth Orchestra (USA), and the Conducting Program for Fellows and Colleagues at the Conductors Institute of Bard College (USA).


    During the past 3 years Simon has won different awards and scholarships that have contributed to build his path as an orchestra conductor, such as Dali Quartet International Music Festival Conducting Fellowship, Shenandoah University Graduate Assistantship, The Harriett Campbell Scholarship Fund (Shenandoah Conservatory), Bard College Conducting Scholarship.


    At Shenandoah University Simon has a very busy agenda in the upcoming months, including conducting and producing a Venezuelan music concert in February, featuring traditional instruments; a tour to Argentina with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in March, both as a violin player and asistant conductor; and then, he will be leading a performance of a fully-staged production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute in April.



    Dr. Candice Mowbray, Guitar

    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    7:30 p.m.

    UCP Reston


    Dimitar Nikolov, a versatile conductor, pianist, and educator, has conducted orchestra and opera performances in the United States and Europe. Audiences have been impressed by his ability to energize the orchestra and to produce unique sound within large dynamic range. He has held conducting positions in United States (The Fort Dodge Symphony and the Des Moines Metro Opera) and Bulgaria (Burgas Philharmonic, Schumen Symphony Orchestra, Bulgarian National Wind Symphony, and Burgas Opera). Mr. Nikolov has appeared as guest conductor with orchestras in United States, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Russia, Romania, and Ukraine.

    Dimitar Nikolov began his professional career in 1991 as a Korepetitor (Assistant Conductor) in the Burgas State Opera. Early in his career he had the opportunity to conduct one of the best European orchestras, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. This success led to numerous guest conducting opportunities offered by most of the Bulgarian orchestras. He was also appointed Music Director of the Bulgarian National Wind Symphony. In 1996 Dimitar moved to the United States. He finished his Masters at the University of Northern Iowa. During his studies he was an assistant conductor for the University Orchestras and the opera programs. In 2001 Dimitar Nikolov was appointed Music Director of The Fort Dodge Symphony and Assistant Conductor of Des Moines Metro Opera. More recently he spent time conducting professionally in his native country Bulgaria and appeared as guest conductor with East Coast Orchestras (Newark Symphony, Avanti Orchestra, etc.) and with orchestras in Russia, Romania, and Ukraine.

    Dimitar Nikolov has studied with many eminent conductors. In 1991 he had the rare opportunity to be selected by the legendary teacher Ilya Moussine to participate in his last workshop. As a Fellow Conductor at the Aspen Music Festival he had the opportunity to study with David Zinman, James Levine, Murry Sidlin, Alan Gilbert, and Yury Temirkanov. He has also studied with Gustav Meier, Diane Wittry, Rebecca Burkhardt, Tylor White, and Ivan Bakalov.

    Dimitar Nikolov is also active as a choral conductor, concert pianist, and educator. He is currently the Music Director of the Washington International Chorus. He has also previously conducted the Waldorf College Women’s Chorus and the Des Moines Choir. Dimitar is performing solo and chamber music recitals in Baltimore/Washington area and in Bulgaria. He has appeared as a soloist with American and Bulgarian orchestras. Dr. Nikolov enjoys teaching young students and has been on the faculty of Catholic University, Simpson College, Waldorf College, International School of Music, and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music.

    Dimitar lives in Maryland with his wife Nicole, Princess (an adorable cocker spaniel), Mecho (overenergized American Eskimo), and O’Malley (old and distinguished Himalayan cat).



    Dr. Alán Saúl Saucedo Estrada, Violoncello


    Saturday, May 20, 2016

    7:30 p.m.

    UCP Reston

    Schooled in the European tradition covering conducting, composition, opera and chamber music, Simeone Tartaglione has become a versatile musician with a wide knowledge of and passion for the many areas of this art. He studied composition and conducting in Rome at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory and piano performance in Sicily at the Vincenzo Bellini Institute. In addition to his various degrees and honors, in 2003 he earned a Laurea as Doctor in Philology (Italian Literature and Musicology) Magna cum Laude, and is a published author.


    Tartaglione currently holds a number of positions. At Catholic University in Washington, DC, he is Clinical Assistant Professor, conductor of the orchestra and member of the conducting faculty. He serves as Music Director of the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra, Core Orchestral Department Head and piano instructor at the Music School of Delaware in Wilmington, Conductor of the Symphony at the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras of Strathmore in North Bethesda, MD, and Artistic Director and Conductor of St. Anthony's Italian Festival. In May of 2010 he became the Music Director of the Newark (DE) Symphony Orchestra, during which time, this orchestra's audience increased by 63%. The orchestra has also enjoyed record increases in donations, advertisers, and press coverage during this time.


    Among some of his last notable performances he conducted Carmina Burana last April in a sold out Kennedy Center, made in June his debut at the Disney Hall in LA and conducted in September Catholic University Orchestra, Washington Symphony Brass and several choruses for Pope Frances memorable visit to Washington, DC.


    Tartaglione has had extensive conducting experience in symphonic and operatic repertoire with orchestras from Italy, the United States, Spain, Russia, Romania, Mexico, the Ukraine and Bulgaria. He has won numerous competitions and prizes including: Allied Arts, Leon Guide, Athanor, Le Arti, Telamone, Diamante della Musica, Sykele, Rapisarda and Punto fermo. In Rome he served as the Artistic Director of the Theatre Fusillo and of the MUSA Cultural Association for five years.


    After winning an audition at the University of Denver he moved there in 2005. At the same university he became Adjunct Professor of Conducting while earning an Artist Diploma. Over the next five years he worked as guest conductor, vocal coach, pianist and harpsichord player with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's Education and Outreach Programs, Central City Opera, Marilyn Horne Foundation, Denver Young Artists Orchestra, Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestra, Augustana Musica Sacra Orchestra, and Broadway Music School. He also served as cover conductor for the Colorado Symphony on a number of occasions.


    Invited by Maestro Gustav Meier in 2006, Tartaglione moved to Baltimore where he continued conducting studies at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University earning a Graduate Performing Diploma in 2009 with a conducting assistantship. From 2008 to 2010 he worked for the Peabody Opera Department, coaching and conducting several performances. In 2009 and 2010, he served as the Music Director of the Be Orchestra, a volunteer group of Peabody and other Baltimore area students and recently graduates, that served populations such as the homeless and prisoners. Still in Baltimore he served as conductor of the Chesapeake Chamber Opera conducting several staged productions. Tartaglione also collaborated with Mid-Atlantic Symphony, Peabody Symphony, Peabody Opera, and Hopkins Chorus and on occasions he served as cover and back stage conductor for the Baltimore Opera and the Baltimore Symphony.


    Simeone Tartaglione has performed and recorded as conductor and as pianist in duo with his wife, well known violinist Alessandra Cuffaro, the first Italian woman who performed all the 24 Paganini's Capricci in one concert.


    Last November 2015 he received in New York the ILICA award as 2015 Man of the Year.



    Robert Huffman, Oboe ▪ Alisha Coleman, Clarinet

    Dr. Bradley Tatum, Horn ▪ Dr. Walter Wynn, Bassoon

    2015-16 SEASON FINALE

    Friday, May 6, 2016

    7:30 p.m.

    UCP Reston

    Through an international array of orchestral, opera, and contemporary music performances, conductor David Searle has forged a dynamic career on both sides of the Atlantic. As one of the few Americans to have received the Diploma in Conducting with Highest Honors from the Sibelius Academy in Finland, Mr. Searle has conducted such Finnish orchestras as the Helsinki Philharmonic, the Oulu Symphony Orchestra, the Joensuu City Orchestra, the Pori Sinfonietta, and the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra. Work with other Nordic orchestras has included the Iceland Symphony and the Kristiansand Symphony (Norway). In the United States, he has conducted the Puerto Rico Symphony, the Sioux City Symphony and the Richmond Philharmonic, among others. In August 2015, he appeared at the Fjord Cadenza Festival in Skodje, Norway, where he conducted the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra.

    In 2000 Mr. Searle made his opera debut with the Royal Stockholm Opera in performances of Kurt Weill's The Tsar has his Photograph Taken and H.K. Gruber's Frankenstein. Other opera performances include the 2003 premiere of Seppo Paakkunainen's opera Kaikkeuden ytimessä (At the Heart of the Universe) with the Oulu Opera and Oulu Symphony Orchestra. Classica magazine wrote of that performance, “This production's greatest gift was its steadfast and authoritative musical execution … David Searle and the Oulu Symphony should be thanked for their fine esprit de corps”.


    Mr. Searle's affinity for contemporary music has resulted in collaborations with Washington, DC's Great Noise Ensemble and Canada's Ergo Ensemble. He led the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Society of Composers National Conference and also conducted the same ensemble in an acclaimed Chicago- area concert of the music of Frank Zappa. He has also appeared at the Helsinki Musica Nova and Ung Nordisk Musik (Young Nordic Music) festivals.

    David Searle is deeply committed to music education. In summer 2015, he served on the faculty of the Ålesund Orkesterskole in Ålesund, Norway. From 2007-2014, he served as Director of Orchestral Activities and Conducting Studies at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, where he was Music Director of the University Symphony Orchestra and Professor of Conducting. From 2003 to 2007, Mr. Searle served as

    Chief Conductor of the Helsinki University Symphony Orchestra, which he led on renowned Finnish and international tours. Of his debut concert, Hufvudstadsbladet (Capital City News) of Helsinki wrote that he was the orchestra's “veritable golden thread. He is an excellent conductor; interpretively decisive, expressively generous and, judging from all appearances, has an abundant ability to communicate with musicians.” In 2002, Mr. Searle was a guest conductor and teacher for the Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt Symphony Orchestra in Oslo, Norway.

    At the Sibelius Academy, Mr. Searle was a student of Leif Segerstam and Atso Almila. In 2000, another graduate of the Sibelius Academy, Esa-Pekka Salonen, selected Mr. Searle from a field of international applicants as one of eight participants for an intensive master class for promising young conductors in Porvoo, Finland. Mr. Searle also studied with Cliff Colnot, Don Owens, Gunther Schuller, Robert Spano and Victor Yampolsky.

    David Searle currently resides in the Washington, DC area. In addition to his conducting activities, he is an active performer on the early music scene, performing on bass sackbut as a member of the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble and as a guest performer with such noted ensembles as the Bach Sinfonia, Orchestra of the 17th Century, and Washington Bach Consort. He is also an avid mountain biker.

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