Beyond the Baton Conducting Workshop

Participants 2011

Michael Avagliano Michael Avagliano
Michael Avagliano has served as music director of the Central Jersey Symphony since 2008. He has worked as a cover conductor for the Lafayette Symphony and the National Orchestral Institute at the University of Maryland. Previously, Mr. Avagliano led the Manalapan Symphony as music director for four seasons. He has also appeared as guest conductor with the Plainfield Symphony and the Metropolitan Orchestra of New Jersey.
Rueben Blundell Rueben Blundell
Reuben Blundell was first inspired by the sound of an orchestra at the age of 10, hearing performances of his mother, a horn player in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia. Reuben began formal conducting studies in 2006, pursuing a DMA at the Eastman School of Music with Professor Neil Varon. Immediately following his residency, Reuben Blundell began a position at Millersville University in PA, and has directed the Hunter Symphony, at Hunter College in Manhattan’s Upper East Side since August 2009.
Stephen Czarkowski Stephen Czarkowski
Mr. Czarkowski has served as a guest conductor with The National Symphony Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and The Berlin Airlift Orchestra. He holds Master of Music degrees in cello and conducting and is currently on the cello faculty of The Landon School, Holton Arms School Creative Center for the Arts, The Bullis School, Montgomery College and Shepherd University.
Jonathan Lakeland Jonathan Lakeland
Jonathan Palmer Lakeland is a conductor working in the New York area. He studies conducting with David Gilbert, and serves as the assistant conductor of the Westminster Orchestra in Princeton, NJ. Mr. Lakeland also serves as an accompanist at Westminster Choir College, playing for James Jordan and many other conductors. On the web:
Marco Mejia Marco A. Mejia
Currently Music Director and Conductor for the Coronoa Symphony Orchestra (CA), Mr. Mojia is also Director of Bands and Music for the Crystal Catherdral Schools and the Pastor of Worship Arts for First Baptist Church of Alhambra. Within the artistic community, he has served as Musical Director and Conductor for several theatre organizations
Enrico Sartori
Enrico Sartori is currently the principal conductor and artistic director of Musica d'Insieme, Stony Brook's premiere string ensemble, in Long Island (New York). He is frequently invited as a guest conductor of many professional and youth orchestras in Europe and in the U. S. Also an accomplished flutist and winner of many international competitions, he maintains an intense schedule as a soloist in Europe and the U.S. On the web:
Carolyn Turner Carolyn A. Turner
Ms. Turner is the Conductor for the Missouri Youth Orchestra.
Patrick Valentino Patrick Valentino
Presently serving as Director of Music & Liturgy at St. Margaret Mary Church in Westwood, MA, Mr. Valentino has served as Assistant Conductor of the Montclair and Westfield Symphony Orchestras, and guest conductor with the Monmouth Symphony. He has also coached ensembles in premiere performances in America, Europe & Russia.
Kirk Wilke Kirk Wilke
Mr. Wilke is the Music Director of the Rappahannock Pops Orchestra in Fredericksburg, VA. In his 10 year tenure, he has taken the orchestra from being an amateur orchestra to a semi-professional orchestra with a huge following. He also conducts Capitol Chamber Orchestra in Alexandria, VA. Mr. Wilke gained international recognition as the first American to conduct China's Shangdong Symphony Orchestra.
    Photography by Rick Peckham
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