String Camp Guest Conductors
There will be five orchestras at the 2013 edition of String Camp! The conductors are:
Erin Yelton Broadhurst, a Baldwin Wallace alumna, is a middle school orchestra director in the Hilliard City Schools near Columbus, Ohio. Erin's previous teaching background includes serving as the director of the Middletown Youth Symphony, teaching 4th-12th grade strings in the Middletown City Schools, serving as a section coach with the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras, and for the past several years maintaining a private viola and violin studio. In 2003 she was chosen as the Ohio Orchestra & String Teachers Association's Young Teacher of the Year. Ms. Broadhurst began her musical training with viola study in the Forest Hills School District in Cincinnati, earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree at BW, as well as Masters degrees in String Pedagogy and Viola Performance from the Ohio State University. She is extremely excited to be able to work the wonderful students at the BW String Camp again this year!
Jason Seber is celebrating his eighth season as Music Director of the Louisville Youth Orchestra. During his tenure the
Mr. Seber served as Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Pops Orchestra from 2005 to 2007 and still returns regularly to guest conduct. In 2008 he led a performance of the Cleveland Pops with Peter Cetera and figure skaters Sasha Cohen, Brian Boitano, and Todd Eldredge that was broadcast nationwide on NBC Christmas Day. He also served as Assistant Conductor of the National Repertory Orchestra and the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestras. Mr. Seber frequently guest conducts the Louisville Orchestra in their Making Music, OrKIDStra, Pops, and Side-by-Side series. He has also guest conducted the Charleston Symphony, National Symphony, Mansfield Symphony, Ashland Regional Ballet, Music Theatre Louisville, and at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Highlights of the 2012-13 season include a debut with the Colorado Symphony, a full-scale production of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with the Kentucky Center Chamber Players, and return appearances with the Louisville Orchestra and the Cleveland Pops. Mr. Seber has had the privilege of working with Shoshana Bean, Michael Cavanaugh, Caroline Goulding, Christopher O’Riley, Conrad Tao, and Joyce Yang.
Mr. Seber earned his MM in orchestral conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a BM in violin and BME from Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music. In addition he spent five summers at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians in Maine. He studied conducting with Carl Topilow, Dwight Oltman, and Michael Jinbo and has conducted in master classes and workshops with Kenneth Kiesler, Louis Lane, Gustav Meier, Larry Rachleff, David Roberston, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Harriett Ahmed Thomas has been teaching in the Oberlin School District since 1976. Ms. Thomas received both her Bachelor and Master degrees in Music Education from the Oberlin College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied violin with Dorothy Mauney and Andor Toth, Sr. She has done post graduate work at Vandercook College, University of Wisconsin - Madison, and Ashland University. Ms. Thomas served as Dean of Students, Schedule Coordinator, Ensemble Coach, and Assistant to the Director for the Summer Music Experience Program on the Western Reserve Academy Campus in Hudson, Ohio for many years. She was the director of the Northern Ohio Youth Symphonetta Orchestra for ten years. She is the advisor for the Tri-M Music Honor Society and works with individual students and small groups before and after school each day. In past years she has served as a Mentor Teacher and chairmen of the Foundation for Excellent Schools Committee. She is an active member of ASTA, MENC and OEA. Past awards include: Oberlin District Recognition Award, the NANBPWC Inc. Professional Award, Cleveland Plain Dealer Crystal Apple Award Nominee, the Oberlin Community Teacher of the Year, and the Oberlin College Award for Distinguished Service to the Community. Ms. Thomas is also a part-time Travel Agent. She plans and organizes cruises, tours, individual, and group vacation packages in her spare time.
Dianna Richardson is director and conductor of the orchestra program at Cleveland School of the Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Masters from Cleveland State University. In addition, she has studied music at Arizona State University and The Juilliard School of Music. In 1998, Ms. Richardson received the Heidi Castleman Award for excellence in teaching and performing chamber music. She is director of the String Ensemble and String Orchestra in the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music's Youth Orchestra Program, All City Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra for the Cleveland Municipal School District and is principal bassist of the Grammy Award winning Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Ms. Richardson founded the Strings Attached summer program that promotes literacy through music and serves on the faculty of Muskingum College.
Peggie Willett had no idea her musical journey was beginning when she signed up for violin class as a 4th grader in the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools. However, by the time her family relocated and she graduated from Bay High School, she knew music would be one of her life's destinations. Her next stop become Baldwin Wallace University where Mrs. Willett earned an undergraduate degree in Music Education. This degree became her ticket to serving as Director of Orchestras for the Fairview Park Schools and Assistant Director of the BW Youth Orchestra. Later, Mrs. Willett found herself recalculating a route to Pennsylvania. There she served as Orchestra Director in the Plymouth White Marsh Schools while holding an assistantship to the Dean of Music At West Chester University. With a graduate degree in Music Education complete, Mrs. Willett charted her course to Texas where she served as Director of Orchestras for the Katy Independent School District. While in the Houston area, Mrs. Willett served as Region Chair for the Texas Music Educators Association, Region Orchestra guest clinician, adjudicator, guest speaker for Texas Orchestra Directors Association and private violin and viola teacher. They say all roads lead home and that is what Mrs. Willett and her family chose to do recently by returning to the Cleveland area. She finds great joy in teaching at two of her alma maters, the Bay Village City Schools, and BW as the conductor of the New Horizons Orchestra. Last summer, Mrs. Willett took the best week long detour of her life to work with the BW String Camp! She is delighted to return this summer and have another chance to ask her students...where will your musical journey take you?