We look forward to our 2021-2022 Concert Season "Reemergence" when we are back on stage, and live music will fill our lives once again. We miss the interaction with one another as we prepare for our concerts, but most of all we miss seeing you. There simply is no substitute for performing for a live audience that appreciates what you do.
PACO remains committed to sharing traditional and new music with our audiences, and we are especially committed to performing compositions from artists who are underrepresented in classical music - women and people of color.
However, none of this is possible without your support. So please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to PACO so we may return safely and stronger than ever. Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you soon.
The Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington
is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt not-for-profit organization.
Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
PACO salutes the contributions of Black Americans to classical music that would not have been possible if it weren't for the events of 1865.
The mission of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO) is to create intimate, inspirational musical experiences through vibrant music making by the orchestra and chamber ensembles.
To be the premiere chamber orchestra of the Washington, DC area for traditional classical favorites and new works by underrepresented composers.
To make classical music accessible to everyone in the community.
To commission new compositions by composers in the Washington, DC metro area.
To perform works by women and minority composers.
To showcase local emerging orchestral artists and soloists.
To obtain sponsorship to fund the growth of the ensemble
BERNARD BAIDEN, HORN
Bernard Baiden studied the horn with Virginia Thompson (former International Horn Society president) at West Virginia University, and obtained a Bachelor of Music in 2004. He has also taken lessons with Ed Currenton (Army Ceremonial Band), Ted Thayer (NSO), Douglas Hill, Randy Gardner, and Jeff Agrell.
As a horn freelancer, Bernard has played in numerous ensembles in the Washington D.C. area. These ensembles include the Avanti Orchestra, Mclean Orchestra, Manassas Symphony, Loudoun Symphony, Annandale Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax Wind Symphony, Virginia Grand Military Band, Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra, Piedmont Symphony, Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Catholic University Orchestra, Prince William Community Band, Falls Church City Band, The Capital Wind Symphony and current principal horn of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic. He has also performed as soloist with Floris UMC, Potomac UMC, and the Alfred Street Baptist Church.
Bernard has an active horn studio. He serves as a brass specialist and assistant manager at The Foxes Music Company.
Get to know Bernard...
How did you come to study your instrument?
So, a little bit of history. I grew up in northern Virginia. Went to school in Fairfax County. I attend Bailey's ES, Glasgow MS, and graduated from J.E.B. Stuart High School. After playing the horn for only a few months, I had auditioned for the high school band and was only one chair away from being the top chair. A few months later during my freshman year, I became the 1st chair for the remainder of my high school years. My passion to excel on the horn led me to pursue a career in music.
What drew you to this instrument?
I actually went to hear Allen Vizutti perform in a master class in 8th grade. At that time, I was playing the trumpet. During the event, there was a brass ensemble with a phenomenal horn section. That following Monday, I asked my middle school band teacher for a French horn, and the rest was history!
Do you play any other instruments?
Yes, the trumpet and violin.
What’s the number one piece on your bucket list to play?
Mahler's 5th Symphony
What music do you enjoy when you’re not rehearsing?
A little of everything, including jazz, classical, hip hop, electronic house/trance, or anything with a good beat and melody.
Is there a PACO performance from this year that stands out to you? Why?
My last performance with Dr. Pettigrew, we were on fire!
Who is someone who has been instrumental (ha-ha) and influential in your music career?
My high school band director, Laura McBride. She opened Westfield HS as their first band director and passed away a few years later after a battle with cancer.
Sauteed salmon, with grilled potatoes and green beans
What do you love to do outside of the orchestra?
Fitness, and spending time with family and friends. And practicing, of course.
Of any historical musical figure, who would you go back and meet?
Why do you like performing with PACO?
First of all, I love chamber ensembles. Also, a lot of the musicians in PACO are colleagues of mine from years past.
MAESTRO DIMITAR NIKOLOV
Conductor & Music Director
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 a unique sound within a large dynamic range. He has held conducting positions in the US and his native country Bulgaria, including his current position as Music Director/Conductor of Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra. Dr. Nikolov has appeared as a guest conductor with orchestras in the United States, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Russia, Romania, and Ukraine.
Dimitar began his career as Assistant Conductor of the Burgas State Opera in Bulgaria. Early in his career he won the Vienna Chamber Orchestra competition and had the opportunity to conduct a subscription concert with one of the world's greatest chamber orchestras. This success led to numerous guest conducting opportunities with most of the major Bulgarian symphony orchestra and his appointment as Music Director/Conductor of the Bulgarian National Wind Symphony. After moving to the US in 1996, Dr. Nikolov served as Music Director/Conductor of the Fort Dodge Symphony and Assistant Conductor of Des Moines Metro Opera, before his current appointment as Music Director of the Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra. He has conducted concerts in some of the most prestigious world concert halls such as The Kennedy Center of Performing Arts, Mozart Hall (Vienna, Austria), and The National Palace of Culture Concert Hall (Sofia, Bulgaria).
Dimitar has studied with many eminent conductors such as Ilya Mousine, Yury Temirkanov, James Levine, and Alan Gilbert. In 1999, as a fellowship recipient, he spent a summer in Aspen, studying with David Zinman and Murry Sidlin. He has a DMA in Orchestral Conducting from The Catholic University of America and MM from the National Academy of Music-Sofia, Bulgaria.
Dr. Nikolov is also active as an educator. He has served on the music faculty of The Catholic University of America, Waldorf University, Simpson College, the International School of Music, and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music.
Dimitar lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife Nicole, Princess (an old but adorable cocker spaniel), and Mecho (hyperactive American Eskimo). For more information about Dr. Nikolov, please visit his website: www.dimitar-nikolov.com.
Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer
Loudoun County's own accomplished soloist, orchestral and chamber musician, Marjory Serrano-Coyer began violin studies at the Aragua Symphony Foundation in Venezuela. She has studied with many noted teachers and has earned a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Artist Diplomas in String Quartet Studies and Violin Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory under Akemi Takayama.
She was a member of the Aragua Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela from 1995 until 2001, and Principal Second Violin in the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra from 2003 until 2014. 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 studies at that institution under the direction of Jody Gatwood.
Dr. Serrano served as principal second violin at the Idyllwild Arts Music Festival under the baton of Larry Livingston and performed at the Castleton Festival under the baton of then-New York Philharmonic conductor Lorin Maazel. Dr. 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.
Dr. Serrano is currently the concertmaster of the National String Symphonia and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington. She also performs with the Apollo Orchestra in the Washington, DC area, and the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra in Shepherdstown, WV. Additionally, Ms. Serrano is a founding member of the Loudoun Quartet and Argot String Quartet. Dr. Serrano holds an adjunct faculty position in violin at Frederick (MD) Community College and teaches 5th-grade orchestra at Loudoun Country Day School in Leesburg, VA.
The Pro Artè Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt not-for-profit organization. Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
FRIENDS OF PACO
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 the 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.
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 (571) 483-8444 or via e-mail at info@PACOdc.org with your inquiry, questions, or comments about Friends of PACO donor benefits.
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PACO is available for hire and/or collaboration. Our experienced musicians and management team are pleased to cater to 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, at (571) 483-8444 or email at the button below.