The Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO) is raffling the chance for one lucky patron to conduct the PACO during the 2020 Season Finale "Espana" concert, Saturday, June 6, 2020, at UCP Reston.
For $5 per entry (5 entries of $20), patrons can enter to win the opportunity to lead the PACO in John Phillip Sousa's patriotic march, "Stars and Stripes Forever." To enter, patrons can purchase entries online at www.pacodc.org, or visit the tables located near the main entrance at each of the remaining concerts. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!
Enter yourself! Enter (SURPRISE) a friend!
Maestro Nikolov will select one winner and give her or him a coaching session during intermission to prepare the winner for his or her PACO conducting debut in the second half of the program. Winner will also receive their very own rosewood conducting baton and beautiful rosewood carrying case.
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.
Mezzo-soprano Amanda Wyand possesses a “sizable instrument infused with breadth and warmth.” Her “vibrant, soaring voice is made truly special by the beauty of her soul.” Ms. Wyand’s operatic credits include Mercedes (Carmen, Bizet), Zemfira (Aleko, Rachmaninoff), and Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte). Concert appearances include Mozart’s Requiem (H.B. Woodlawn High School), Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass (St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, PA) and Viktors Baštiks Christmas Oratorio (Philadelphia Latvian Concert Choir). As a recitalist, Ms. Wyand is a frequent expositor of Latvian art music — most notably an American premiere of excerpts from Eriks Ešenvalds opera The Immured.
Ms. Wyand was a third-place winner in her division at the 2019 VANATS auditions, a semifinalist at the 2015 NATS Eastern Region Conference Auditions, and a two-time division winner at the NATS—Los Angeles competition. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Magna Cum Laude) from Pepperdine University and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy (with Distinction) from Westminster Choir College. Ms. Wyand studies with Danielle Talamantes and Ira Siff. She joins Opera Roanoke as an Apprentice Artist for the 2019-2020 season. www.amandawyand.com
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 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.
The Artists of PACO
Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer, concertmaster
Dr. Jie Hyue Kim, assistant concertmaster
Ji Hyun Bae
Heather Wong Voorhees
Viola Dr. Nora Hamme, principal Andrew Crane
Violoncello Camilo Perez-Mejia, principal
Meghan Hickman, assistant principal
Irina P. Desmond
Dr. Heejung Jung
Contrabass Michael Rohrer, principal
Francesca Savoia Vanessa J. Young-Miller
Harpsichord Trystan Bennett
Piano/Organ Dr. Bora Lee
Woodwind, Brass & Percussion
William Craig Marlowe †
Ashley Bowen-Sanchez † Andrea Diggs
Robert D. Huffman, Jr. †
Jane Hughes †
Clarinet Alisha D. Coleman † Elizabeth C. Bley †
Bassoon Dr. Walter D. Wynn, III † Robin Gelman †
Dr. Robert Goler †
Dr. L. Avery Pettigrew †
Bernard Baiden †
Wendy Chinn †
Emilio Colina †
Chieko Matsuyama Reaves †
David Ottinger †
Jose Luis Oviedo
Trombone Dr. Huai-En Tsai †
Christopher Reaves †
Adam Stokes †
Tuba Jeffrey Jacobsen
Chris DeChiara †
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
HEAR MUSIC DIFFERENTLY...
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.
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.