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Percussion Ensemble 4.29.18

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AYPO Percussion Ensemble
April 29, 2018  I  7:00pm
Jammin' Java, Vienna




DOUG WALLACE is a vibrant and energetic performer, composer, and educator with diverse experience in all areas of percussion performance and pedagogy. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School, Mr. Wallace has performed with a variety of acclaimed ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington National Opera, The Metropolitan Opera, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Theater Chamber Players, the Battery Four Percussion Group, Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, Post Classical Ensemble, Washington Symphonic Brass, and the Amadeus Orchestra. He has also participated in several honors ensembles and festival orchestras including Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, the National Orchestral Institute, Music Academy of the West, and the International Symphony Orchestra. With these groups and others, Mr. Wallace has worked under the baton of Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Pierre Boulez, James Levine, John Williams, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Leonard Slatkin, and Placido Domingo.

With vast teaching experience at all levels, Mr. Wallace is in high demand as a music educator and clinician. Currently the Director of Percussion for the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras in Annandale, Virginia, Mr. Wallace is an active percussion director, clinician and sectional instructor at several nationally recognized Fairfax County Public Schools. He is also proud to have been the first full time Professor of Percussion at Christopher Newport University, an up and coming music department located in Newport News, Virginia. Mr. Wallace's private students have been accepted to continue studies at The Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Peabody Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, the University of Miami, and DePaul University. His teaching techniques are highlighted in his method book, Percussion with Class, published by FJH Music, and his compositions and arrangements have been performed at The Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music, New York University, George Mason University, Christopher Newport University, the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Temple University, the Noncert Chamber Series, the Music for All National Percussion Festival, the Virginia Music Educators Conference, and Nationals Park.

PETE WALLACE is an accomplished keyboardist, producer and composer who resides in South Florida.  After graduating with a degree in Studio Music and Jazz at the University of Miami, he has gone on to work with some of the top artists in the music business including P!nk, Herbie Hancock, Alejandro Sanz, Cher, Phil Collins, Richard Marx, Tommy Torres, Jon Secada, Julio Iglesias, La Ley, Jessica Simpson, Carlos Vives, Ricardo Arjona and the Backstreet Boys to name a few.  As a songwriter, Pete has cuts with artists such as P!nk, Sabrina Starke, Teddy Geiger, Paly and Ryan Cabrera.  He currently is musical director for Jon Secada and tours with Argentine superstar Diego Torres.  Pete is also busy in the local Miami scene playing a variety of gigs from jazz to 80s pop (The Pixels) to Steely Dan (Dirty Work).  In addition, he is private teacher and adjunct jazz piano instructor at Broward College.  

LAURA CAHN is the principal violist of the Maryland Lyric Opera and is an active freelance violist in the Washington DC area. She has performed as a violist across the United States and Europe participating in the American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Masters du Pontlevoy in Pontlevoy, France and the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland

Mrs. Cahn earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance with Distinction from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where her principal teachers were Mimi Zweig and Atar Arad. Mrs. Cahn received a full scholarship to pursue a Master of Music Degree in Viola Performance from Butler University where she studied under the tutelage of Michael Strauss. She also earned a Master of Arts and Teaching degree in Instrumental Music from the University of Indianapolis and has completed training in the Suzuki Method with Sue Baer and Christie Fleming.