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    Metropolitan Washington DC's Premier Ensemble



    Chapter Three

    2016-2017 Season



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  • 2016-17 Concert Season

    Chapter Three

    2016-2017 Season

    Dr. Maryory Serrano, Violin

    Dr. Hsin-Yi Chen, Piano

    Saturday, September 17, 2016

    7:30 PM

    UCP Reston

    11508 North Shore Drive

    Reston, VA 20190


    Program to include works by:

    Mozart, Coleridge-Taylor, Albeniz & Franck


    Meet the Conductor Search Finalists

    Catered reception to follow




    (This concert is not part of the subscription series)


    Saturday, November 12, 2016

    7:30 PM

    UCP Reston

    11508 North Shore Drive

    Reston, VA 20190


    All Mozart Program:

    Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620: Overture

    Concerto for Flute & Harp in C Major, K. 299/297c

    Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385 "Haffner"


    Vanessa Young-Miller


    William C. Marlowe


    Dr. Jie Hyue Kim, Violin

    Saturday, January 28, 2017

    7:30 PM

    UCP Reston

    11508 North Shore Drive

    Reston, VA 20190


    Ralph Vaughn Williams

    Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis


    Herbert Howells

    Rhapsodic Quintet, Op. 25


    Ralph Vaughn Williams

    Lark Ascending

    Dr. Jie Hyue Kim, Violin


    Gordon Jacob

    Old Wine in New Bottles


    Gustav Holst

    Brook Green Suite, H. 190


    Saturday, March 25, 2017

    7:30 PM

    UCP Reston

    11508 North Shore Drive

    Reston, VA 20190


    Manuel de Falla

    El sombrero d tres picos, Suite No. 1


    Jean Marie Raymond

    Twilight Serenade for Guitar & Strings


    Maximo Diego Pujol

    Tango de Agosto for guitar & Strings


    Antonin Dvorak

    Czech Suite, Op. 39, B. 93


    Dr. Alán Saúl Saucedo Estrada, Violoncello

    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    7:30 PM

    UCP Reston

    11508 North Shore Drive

    Reston, VA 20190


    Gabriel Faure 

    Dolly Suite, Op. 56


    Camille Saint Saens 

    Concerto for Violoncello in a minor, Op. 33


    Cesar Franck

    Symphony in d minor, M. 48


  • 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.

    Dr. Jie Hyue Kim


    Jie Hyue Kim, D.M.A., is a native of Daejeon, South Korea. Born into a musical family, and began studying violin at age eight. Dr. Kim recently received her doctoral degree from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music of the Catholic University of America as a full scholarship fellow and the teaching assistant in music theory department.


    Dr. Kim earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the ChungNam National University in South Korea, as a University Fellow student for four years. She received the Dean’s Award for Academic Accomplishment, which is awarded annually to the top senior of the Music Department. She received her Master of Art degree from Aaron Copland School of Music at the Queens College, CUNY where she studied with Daniel Phillips, a renowned violinist of the Orion Quartet.


    While attending schools, she has served as concertmaster of the University symphony and chamber orchestras. She won the Concerto competition of Queens College Orchestra, performed in 2009. And as a violist, she served as viola principle of Queens College Orchestra and Ureuk Symphony Orchestra in New York. As an orchestral musician Dr. Kim has performed at New York’s Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. She currently serves as the assistant second principal of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, VA.


    As an arranger and orchestrator, Dr. Kim has been arranging music for numerous church orchestras and choirs in S. Korea and U.S since 2001. Her skills in creating unique and effective music arrangements for orchestra large and small, are based on her 20 years of experience as a violinist. She is resident arranger of the Epiphany Catholic Church in D.C. and Open Door Ensemble in VA. She also provided orchestrations for the Washington Korean Symphony Orchestra since 2008, including the Korean War 60th Anniversary Memorial Concert, NAPAW Memorial concert, the 2011 Peace concert at the Kennedy Center and events at the Korean embassy.


    Dr. Kim is an expert teacher with over a decade of experience teaching violin and viola of all ages privately as well as in group settings and all levels from beginner to advance.Large number of her students have been frequently chosen for the greater DC area’s top youth orchestras, such as the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras, the American Youth Philharmonic and successfully auditioned for Virginia’s District, Regional and All-State orchestras.

    William Marlowe


    Flutist William "Craig" Marlowe is a native of Loudoun County, Virginia, and currently holds the Principal Flute positions in the Washington Sinfonietta, Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO). Mr. Marlowe has also been a regular performer in the Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, and has performed with the Washington Symphony 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 performances with numerous other orchestras.​


    An avid chamber musician, he performs regularly with Harpist Cheryl Roeske, Musical Offering Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Vivacé, and is a founding member of the Loudoun Quartet. He is also currently a member of the National Flute Association and the Flute Society of Washington.


    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 1986 and 1987, Virginia Music Teachers Concerto Competition 1987, and Music Teachers National Association Young Artist Competition 1987.


    In addition to his performance attributes, he also maintains a select private studio, is the founder of, and serves as President on the Board of Directors Executive Committee as well as Managing Artistic Director for PACO, serves on the Artistic Committee and Board of Directors for the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, as well as designs and maintains the Loudoun Quartet website.


    By day, to support his musical habit, he is also employed by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. Mr. Marlowe resides in his hometown, Sterling, VA, with his partner Ronald of 18 years, and their children, Miss Lily, Miss Hazel & Spanky (three Chihuahuas).


    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.

    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.


  • Personnel

    The Artists of PACO

     String Section


    Dr. Marjory Serrano, concertmaster

    Dr. Jie Hyue Kim, assistant concertmaster

    Amy Walder

    Nancy Bovill

    Sarah Costales

    Ji Hyun Bae

    Dr. Teng-Leong Chew

    Sarah Connelly

    Jehshua Karunakaran

    Ali Konopka

    Eunju Kwak

    Jae-shin Noh

    Nancy Shavin

    Ken Trammell

    Dr. Shu-ting Yao

    Semyon Ziskind


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

    June Hahm
    Catherine Palusci
    Adrienn Salazar
    Dan Zhang


    Maria Foltz Baylock, principal
    Camilo Perez-Mejia, assistant principal
    Samantha Hegre

    Meghan Hickman

    Sarah Hover
    Dr. Heejung Jung

    Chad Schwartz

    Tim Thulson
    Zach Whitaker


    Michael Rohrer, principal

    Erik Cohen

    Kenton Hambrick


    Vanessa J. Young-Miller


    Dr. Bora Lee

    Trystan Bennett

    Woodwinds & Brass

    William C. Marlowe
    Laura Benning
    Ashley Bowen-Sanchez
    Andrea Diggs


    Oboe/Cor Anglais
    Robert D. Huffman, Jr.

    Emily Bentgen

    Jane Hughes

    Alisha D. Coleman
    Elizabeth C. Bley
    Dr. Stacie Thompson


    Dr. Walter D. Wynn, III
    Robin Gelman

    Matthew Ogden



    Dr. Robert Goler


    Marcia Doerr



    Bernard Baiden
    Kevin Illick

    Christine Lee
    Michael Neal
    L. Avery Pettigrew

    Chieko Matsuyama Reaves

    Paul Florek

    David Ottinger

    Jose Luis Oviedo


    James A. Martin
    Christopher Reaves
    Dr. Huai-En Tsai
    Brandon Smith


    Chris DeChiara

    Carlos Figuieras

    Matthew Robotham

    Craig B. Teer

  • About Us


    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.


  • Leadership

    We've got a top notch team!

    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, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, 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.



    PACO announces 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 Guest Conductors to be announced on September 17, 2016 at the Benefit Concert.






  • Board of Directors


    Chairman & Managing Artistic Director

    William C. Marlowe


    Vice Chairman & Executive Director

    Alisha D. Coleman



    Dr. Nora Hamme



    Whitney S. Flood



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

    Maria Foltz Baylock, Educational Outreach

    Ashley Bowen-Sanchez, Outreach

    Dr. Kevin Fletcher, Community Outreach

    Dr. Maryory Serrano Prada, Personnel & Concertmaster

    Vanessa Young-Miller, Fundraising & Development

    Adrienn Salazar, Librarian


    A message from the Chairman

    As we enjoy the final program of Chapter Two, our 2015-16 season, we’d like to take a moment to thank Maestro Yeong Su Kim for his dedication and excellence in service to the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO) for its first two seasons. He will be greatly missed as he returns to South Korea to start a new chapter in his musical career. We have enjoyed our time with this world-class talent and wish him the very best, as his star continues to rise in the classical world.


    This concert season has represented countless hours of work from many creative minds. As we celebrate our Chapter Two finale, the fifty or so professional artists of your orchestra have given their time, hearts and souls to performances that we hope have moved you. Each PACO event this season has embodied a magnificent artistic achievement by world-class professional musicians. Of course, none of this would be possible without our community supporters who value great music and cultural awareness. Of course we do all this because we love great music, but ultimately we do this for you.


    On behalf of the musicians, staff, and board of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, we sincerely thank you for your enduring encouragement, enthusiasm, and faith in this organization. With your continued support, we have much to look forward to next season. Please enjoy the Chapter Two season finale!



    William C. Marlowe

    Chairman & Managing Artistic Director


  • Support


    501(c)(3) Status Pending


    Help us hit the ground running!!!

    The main artistic drive behind the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (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.


    Your generous gift will help Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington make music relevant to new generations of audiences through virtuosic performances that combine a diversity of genres with fresh interpretations of classic works.


    The Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington is a nonprofit corporation -- 501(c)3 tax exemption STATUS PENDING. All donations are NOT tax deductible until tax-exemption status has been fully granted by the Internal Revenue Department of the United States Government. Once approved, any donations received while our application was pending may and will be treated as tax-deductible contributions retroactive to the date of our organization's formation. However, if the application is not approved, contributions would not be considered tax-deductible.


    If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities (chair endowments, concert/full season dedications, underwriting soloist fees, etc.), please contact our Executive Director, Alisha Coleman at info@PACOdc.org with your inquiry, questions or comments about Friends of PACO donor benefits.


    All Checks should be made payable to PACOdc.


    Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington

    11110 Sunset Hills Road
    # 2302
    Reston, VA 20190


    Thank you for your support!



    MAESTRO’S CIRCLE $5,000+


    SYMPHONY CIRCLE $1,000 TO $4,999


    CONCERTO CIRCLE $500 TO $999


    OVERTURE CIRCLE $250 TO $499




    SONATA CIRCLE $50 TO $99


    DONORS of $25 TO $49


    HIRE US!!!

    PACO is available for hire and/or collaboration. Our experienced musicians and management team are pleased to cater for the needs of almost any project. Whether you wish to hire an orchestra for a function or event, or to accompany your solo project, or record your composition. Whatever the event or project, PACO can tailor the orchestra or other associated chamber groups to your musical requirements with excellent quality of performance and management. To discuss your project in more detail and to get a quote, contact Alisha Coleman, Executive Director, on (571) 483-8444 or email her at info@PACOdc.org.

  • Venue


    UCP Reston

    11508 North Shore Drive, Reston, VA, 20190


    Saint Mathews Episcopal Church

    201 E Frederick Dr, Sterling, VA 20164

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