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    SEASON No. 6


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    Maestro Dimitar Nikolov Conducts


    Claude Debussy/Wolfgang Renz

    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune


    George Gershwin/Iain Farrington:

    An American in Paris


    Modest Moussorgsky/Wolfgang Renz

    Pictures at an Exhibition


    (All skillfully reimagined for chamber orchestra)


    7:30 PM

    Saturday, September 21, 2019

    UCP Reston

    11508 North Shore Drive

    Reston, VA 20190







    Maestro Dimitar Nikolov Conducts


    Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 101 in D major ("Clock"), H. 1/101


    Richard Strauss

    Der Bürger als Edelmann (Le Bourgeois gentilhomme)


    7:30 PM

    Saturday, October 26, 2019

    UCP Reston

    11508 North Shore Drive

    Reston, VA 20190





    Maestro Dimitar Nikolov Conducts


    Gabriel Faure

    Masques et Burgamasques, Op. 112


    Camille Saint-Saëns

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22

    Alan Murray, Piano


    Albert Roussel

    Le Festin de l'araignée, Op. 17


    Claude Debussy

    Danse, "Tarantelle styrienne"


    7:30 PM

    Saturday, February 29, 2020

    UCP Reston

    11508 North Shore Drive

    Reston, VA 20190





    Maestro Dimitar Nikolov Conducts


    Gioacchino Rossini

    Il Barbiere di Siviglia Ouverture


    Isaac Albéniz

    Tango No. 2 in d minor, Op. 165


    Federico Moreno Torroba

    Sonatina for Guitar and Orchestra

    Candice Mowbray, Guitar


    Manuel de Falla

    El amor brujo Ballet Suite


    Emmanuel Chabrier

    España, rhapsody for orchestra


    7:30 PM

    Saturday, June 6, 2020

    UCP Reston

    11508 North Shore Drive

    Reston, VA 20190




    Sophisticated, chic & “très cool” programming!

    Maestro Nikolov performs solo piano works and is joined by the Artists of PACO for a classical salon concert. This unique concert experience is designed to attract and engage music lovers from all over the Loudoun/Fairfax area and further afield, connoisseurs and novices, young and old alike. Repertoire to be announced.


    7:30 PM

    Saturday, January 25, 2020

    UCP Reston

    11508 North Shore Drive

    Reston, VA 20190




    in celebration of his 250th

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet No. 11, Op. 95 in f minor

    Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20


    7:30 PM

    Saturday, March 21, 2020

    UCP Reston

    11508 North Shore Drive

    Reston, VA 20190



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  • Candice Mowbray, Guitarist

    Regarded for her beautiful tone and sensitive music-making, classical guitarist Candice Mowbray shares the expressive and communicative qualities of her playing through programs of modern and classic works: from the playful acrobatics in Danse rythmique by French guitar virtuoso, Ida Presti, to the elegance and solemnity of Fernando Sor's Fantaisie élégiaque, listeners enjoy her artful programming and thoughtful interpretations. Her delightful playing once elicited from a celebrated ballerina, “it makes me want to dance,” and guitar virtuoso John Feeley described her as "a beautiful player, so expressive and musical."

    Appearing as a soloist, chamber musician and guest lecturer, Mowbray has been a featured artist at many festivals and concert series such as the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society Series, Toronto Guitar Weekend, Knoxville Guitar Series, Bethlehem Guitar Festival, Austin Peay GuitarFest, Charlottesville Guitar Festival, Lonestar Guitar Festival, Ibero-American Guitar Festival at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and Guitar Foundation of America Convention in Los Angeles. She has performed with Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center, Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington and National String Symphonia. Mowbray is an active chamber musician and can be regularly heard performing with Satori Chamber Ensemble and The Fairfield Duo with flutist and shakuhachi player, Nora Suggs.

    Blair Jackson of Classical Guitar Magazine called Mowbray’s recent CD, Reverie, "a revelation!" and one of the Top 10 CD picks of the year. It has been featured on radio shows such as InTune (BBC Radio 3), The Intimate Guitar (Dayton, OH), G-Strings with Tom Cole (Washington D.C.) and Musica Mundi (Boulder, CO). The album includes a unique and cohesive program of twentieth-century and contemporary French compositions intertwined by homage including solo works by the great guitar duo, Ida Presti and Alexandre Lagoya.

    Mowbray earned the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Classical Guitar Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory where she studied with Dr. Glenn Caluda. Also influential were private lessons and masterclasses with many internationally renowned artists including Berta Rojas, Carlos Barbosa-Lima, Sharon Isbin, Roland Dyens, Julian Gray, Ron Pearl, Gerry Kunkel, Angel Romero, Ricardo Cobo, Eduardo Isaac, Maximo Diego Pujol and Victor Villadangos.

    As a clinician and adjudicator, Mowbray has given workshops and worked with students of all ages at programs including the TESS Guitar Festival in Connecticut, Mid-Atlantic Guitar Ensemble Festival and Performing and Visual Arts Northwest Governor’s School. Dr. Mowbray has taught courses in music and appreciation of the broader humanities at Shenandoah Conservatory, Hagerstown Community College, and other colleges and schools of music in the mid-Atlantic region. She currently teaches privately and enjoys researching, writing and speaking about music. Her publications include “Recordings to Revisit: Ida Presti’s Solo Recordings” in Soundboard and her lectures have been described as "enthusiastic" and "insightful" in Classical Guitar Magazine and The Morning Call.

    ​Candice Mowbray plays a 2005 John Price concert guitar, a LaCote replica by Joseph Mayes and a PRS McCarty Hollowbody II. She uses AER amplification and Savarez strings.




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    Alan Murray, Pianist

    Alan Murray has appeared extensively in solo and chamber music recitals and as concerto soloist with symphony orchestras in the US and abroad. The 2019/20 season marks his eighth consecutive as soloist, having previously performed Bartók (No. 2), Beethoven (No. 4), Brahms (Nos. 1 & 2), Chopin (Nos. 1 & 2), Liszt (Totentanz), Prokofiev (Nos. 2 & 3), Rachmaninoff (Nos. 2 & 3 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini), Ravel (for the Left Hand), Saint-Saëns (Nos. 2 & 4) and Tchaikovsky (No. 1).


    In addition to his February 2020 appearance with PACO in Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2, Alan’s remaining 2019 concerto engagements include Ravel’s G major and Scriabin’s concertos this August in Bulgaria and Prokofiev No. 3 in October with the Yonkers Philharmonic (New York). His concerto appearances (including with PACO) in the US have been arranged primarily via not-for-profit Moxart.org and in Europe via the International Musicians Academy. His concerto and other performance recordings and schedule can be found at www.studio-hollywood.com. An active and dedicated chamber musician, his 2019 season also included recent appearances at the annual RiverArts Music Tour in the lower Hudson Valley in 16 duo and trio masterpieces for violin, cello and piano by Arensky, Brahms, Debussy, Franck, Grieg, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky; his 2018 Music Tour appearances featured a Beethoven Series comprising the composer's complete Sonatas for Violin & Piano and for Cello & Piano and ‘Archduke’ Trio.


    In prior seasons, Mr. Murray presented the Masters Series and Sunrise Series Concerts in the New York area, over 100 recital programs in total, comprising multiple performances of the cycles of solo piano music of Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Ravel and J.S. Bach, as well as  Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas and Diabelli Variations and major works of Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Albéniz (Iberia), Granados (Goyescas), Rachmaninoff,  Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Mr. Murray also initiated Collectanea, a series of multi-media performances in collaboration with other distinguished artists, combining art/poetry/dance-inspired classical piano masterpieces with simultaneous on-stage illuminated displays of still art, live modern dance and poetry readings; the initial program featured Bach-Busoni's Chaconne, Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit, Liszt's Vallée d'Obermann, and Granados' Goyescas.


    A career professional in finance, Mr. Murray was a long-term member of the Global Financial Institutions Group management team at Moody’s Investors Service in New York, where he oversaw the firm's operations in the Latin America region and managed client portfolios in the US, Canada, Bermuda, Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions, prior to which he served as a corporate actuary with American International Group. He resides in Westchester County, New York with his family where they also own and operate an independent specialty bookstore, Galápagos Books.  He began his music studies with Frances Wazeter and Allen Weiss and continues with his long-time performance coach Robert Preston, distinguished piano soloist and chamber music collaborator with the very finest of his generation, as well as a professional artistic photographer. Mr. Murray holds a diploma from the International Musicians Academy in Europe, and a degree in theoretical physics and languages from Cornell University, where he also received a special University Award  for distinguished piano soloist.


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    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 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 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. Yeong Su Kim

    Music director and conductor, Yeong Su Kim is a highly sought-after conductor in Korea and the US. He currently holds positions as a conductor and music director of the Busan Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra, the United Symphony Youth Orchestra and an assistant conductor of the Symphony S.O.N.G in Korea. In the United States, he has serves as a conductor Laureate of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington where he has served as music director and conductor since its inaugural season to 2016. He also has served as music director and conductor of the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Washington Korean Symphony Orchestra, and Washington Soloist Ensemble. As a guest conductor, he led Quad State String Festival at Murray State University, Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, the Great Noise Ensemble, a contemporary ensemble, and Danube Symphony Orchestra, Hungary. Maestro Kim often can be seen on the Kennedy Center stages for the Asian American Heritage Month Celebration.


    Maestro Kim studied at the University of Maryland at College Park (DMA), Yale University (MM), University of Southern California (BM) and he further studied orchestral conducting degree (MM) from the Catholic University of America, where he studied with Murry Sidlin and David Searle. He also participated in such prestigious workshops as the Rose City International Conductor’s Workshop with Christopher Zimmerman and David Hoose, and the Naples Philharmonic conductor’s workshop led by maestro Jorge Mester.


    As an oboist, he was a founding member of Voci di Vento Quintet and has performed with the group extensively. As an orchestral musician, he held positions as principal oboist of the Oratorio Society of Charlottesville-Albemarle, the American Balalaika Symphony Orchestra, co-principal oboist with the Washington Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, American Youth Symphony Orchestra and Debut Orchestra. In addition, Yeong Su Kim has appeared with numerous ensembles as a guest artist, including the Georgetown Wind Symphony, the MidAtlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra and Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra in Korea. Maestro Kim has collaborated with such world-class conductors as Zubin Mehta and Sergiu Comissiona as well as many world-renowned soloists, including Midori, Daniel Pollack, and Mstislav Rostropovich.


    Committed to education, maestro Kim served as a conducting faculty at the Kunkuk University, Midwest University, the Catholic University of America and adjunct professor at the Columbia Union College. He is also highly in demand as an adjudicator for many competitions, including the Asian American Music Society International Competition, the Lions of Virginia Bland Music Competition, and the Korea Times Music Competition. Dr. Kim also is a founder of Ensembles for Everyone, a concert program tailored for special needs audience.



    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 a number of 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 also 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.


  • Personnel

    The Artists of PACO



    Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer, concertmaster

    Dr. Jie Hyue Kim, assistant concertmaster

    Ji Hyun Bae

    Nancy Bovill

    Sarah Calderon

    Sarah Costales

    Thomas Gardner

    Andrew Juola

    Eunju Kwak

    Margot Mezvinsky

    Carla Moussavi

    Frank Perrachia

    Nancy Shavin

    Eli Thomas

    Amy Walder

    Heather Wong Voorhees

    Zoe Yang


    Dr. Nora Hamme, principal
    Andrew Crane

    Jennifer Bockstege

    Carla Deniz

    Catherine Palusci

    Adrienn Salazar

    David Shavin

    Dan Zhang

    Camilo Perez-Mejia, principal

    Meghan Hickman, assistant principal

    Dr. Heejung Jung, assistant principal

    Irina P. Desmond

    Sarah Hover


    Michael Rohrer, principal

    Erik Cohen

    Kenton Hambrick

    Naj Qureshi



    Anne Ray

    Francesca Savoia
    Vanessa J. Young-Miller

    Trystan Bennett



    Candice Mowbray


    Dr. Bora Lee

    Jennifer Quiñones

    Felipe Dominguez

    Woodwind, Brass & Percussion


    William Craig Marlowe

    Ashley Bowen-Sanchez
    Andrea Diggs

    Laura Benning


    Oboe/Cor Anglais

    Robert D. Huffman, Jr.

    Emily Bentgen

    Adéle-Marie Buis

    Jane Hughes

    Mary Padilla


    Alisha D. Coleman
    Elizabeth C. Bley


    Dr. Walter D. Wynn, III
    Robin Gelman

    Matthew Ogden



    Dr. Robert Goler



    Dr. L. Avery Pettigrew

    Bernard Baiden

    Wendy Chinn

    Emilio Colina



    Chieko Matsuyama Reaves

    Paul Florek

    Sonja Jewell

    David Ottinger

    Jose Luis Oviedo


    Dr. Huai-En Tsai

    Christopher Reaves

    Adam Stokes

    Steve Ward
    Jeffrey Jacobsen



    Chris DeChiara

    Carlos Figuieras

    Emilie Mitchell

    Matthew Robotham



    † Core Winds and Percussion

  • Board of Directors


    President & Managing Artistic Director

    William C. Marlowe


    Vice President & Executive Director

    Alisha D. Coleman



    Dr. Nora Hamme



    Whitney S. Flood Dunton



    Ashley Bowen-Sanchez, Outreach & Development

    Jane Hughes, Outreach & Development

    Dr. Lois McMahon, Outreach & Development

    Dr. Dimitar Nikolov, Conductor & Music Director

    Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer, Concertmaster

  • 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.


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    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.
    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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