Detroit Chamber Orchestra

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Detroit Chamber Orchestra
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Background Information

Origin

Detroit

Genre

Clasical

Years Active

2016 - Present

Conductor

Jherrard Hardeman

Members

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Violins
Francesca Abusamra
Amanda Beaune
Alyssa Campbell
Joseph Gray
Elise Komer
Chance McDermott
Leah Pernick
Larissa ​Verley

Violas
Amelia Abouljoud
Nensi Bakiu
Tharron Combs
Sam Edwards
​Noah Leong
​Larry Joe Williams III

Cellos
Kellen Degnan
Meagan Giancarlo
Andrew Toering
Christian Sands


Double Basses
Henri Gross
Eddie Tchaouchev

Website

detroitchamberorchestra.org

About

The Detroit Chamber Orchestra is a young professional ensemble based in the Detroit Area which presents engaging and accessible performances to the public throughout the year. One of the orchestra's main goals is to make classical music accessible to those who would otherwise not be exposed to it.

Founding Members

From Website

Alyssa Campbell

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Alyssa Campbell is a violinist from Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan and is currently studying violin performance with Aaron Berofsky at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theater, and Dance.

Alyssa began the violin at the age of 10 in the Grosse Pointe School District and quickly fell in love with the instrument. As a child, she studied privately under Detroit Opera Violinist Julia Kurtyka and Detroit Symphony Orchestra violinist Derek Francis. In high school, Alyssa continued her studies with Hai Xin Wu, Assistant Concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Alyssa has also studied piano, percussion, and composition. As a composer, Alyssa won the National Federation of Musician’s Composers Contest at the state, regional, and national levels and has also been awarded prizes in composition with the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

As a violinist, Alyssa has performed in masterclasses by Lucie Robert, Blair Milton, Gerardo Riberio, Cyrus Forough, Marucio Fuks, and Kim Fischer. She was a winner of the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition in 2015 and performed Vivaldi’s "Winter" from The Four Seasons with them later that year. In addition, Alyssa has been a member of many different chamber ensembles, including string quartets, piano quartets, and clarinet trios.

In 2016, Alyssa began studying the baroque violin and has greatly enjoyed studying baroque repertoire and historical performance. In the summer of 2017 she studied at the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, Canada. Other summer programs include Interlochen Fine Arts Camp, Tanglewood, and The Northwestern Summer Violin Institute. She has also been a member of the Chautauqua Music School Festival Orchestra from 2016-2017.

 

Joseph Gray

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Violinist Joseph Gray has developed a versatile career as an orchestral, chamber, and solo musician. Dedicated to expanding the appreciation of new music, he has taken part in premiering compositions for solo violin, string quartet, pierrot ensemble, and much more. In the past years he has been awarded the Teresa Schuster Memorial Award, 2nd prize in the American Protege International Concerto Competition, Dean Richardson Scholarship,
and the Dora Dawson Memorial Award. An enthusiastic performer, Joseph has been invited to perform in numerous concert halls among the the east coast such as: Lincoln Centers David Geffen Hall, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Max M. Fischer Theatre, and many other venues. He is currently a student of Prof. Wei He, and Joseph Maile at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Joseph began his primary studies under the direction of Katherine Dunham. His time with Dunham offered a great foundation of the technical aspects for violin, leading him to his acceptance into Interlochen Arts Academy. From here, he began to study with Ara Sarkissian. This was a time of great development as a performer, being given the opportunity to premiere many new chamber works such as “Ameriquartet” by Mary Monahan, “String Quartet No. 1” by Nathaniel Heyder, and “Ring” by Kayla Behforouz. His orchestral highlights include premiering works of Jennifer Higdon, Hannah Lash, Nico Muhly, and Ashley Fure at the New York Philharmonic Biennial Festival, and “The Three Musketeers” by Michael Thurber on From The Top Live with host Christopher O’riley. Most recently, Joseph has premiered pieces by Matthew Boehler, Bryan Lin, and Taylor Joshua Rankin, students of David Garner and Mason Bates. ​ Joseph has attended numerous music festivals, some of the highlights being: Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. Because of his travels, he has been able to work with many wonderful musicians such as Irina Muresanu, Lina Bahn, the Weilerstein Duo, Prima Trio, Ian Swensen, David Garner, and Paul Hersche. He has had the honor to play under the baton of Carlos Kalmar, Leonard Slatkin, Zeljko Milicevic, John Axelrod, and Jung-Ho Pak. Joseph has served as concertmaster in the Detroit Philharmonic, Interlochen Philharmonic, Trinity Symphony, and Manhattan Summer Symphony Orchestras.

 

Jherrard Hardeman

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Jherrard Marseille Hardeman is a Conductor and Composer from Detroit, Michigan. Jherrard currently studies Music Composition with Dr. Aaron Helgeson at the Longy School of Music of Bard College where Jherrard is a Presidential Scholar.

His musical studies began at the age of 7 as a guitar student of Lamar Phillips through City Camp at Gesu Catholic School in Detroit. He continued instruction with accomplished guitarists, David Burton Jr., and Peter Ayala. At the age of 8 he began his violin studies at Charles H. Wright Academy of Arts and Science in Detroit. Jherrard also studied jazz and improvisation with Al McKenzie through the Kids and Jazz program at the world-famous Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit. At the age of 13, Jherrard continued his violin studies with Gregory Staples of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Jherrard has also studied composition with Dr. Paul Brust at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Chad Hughes, Director of Bands at Morehouse College, Malcolm Peyton of the New England Conservatory of Music, and Dr. Lincoln Hanks of Pepperdine University.

Jherrard began conducting when he was 13, and has studied with Maestro Mei-Ann Chen, Music Director of the Chicago Sinfonietta, Paul Shawver, Conductor of the Concert Orchestra at the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Timothy Cibor, who serves as Artistic Director of the Dearborn Youth Symphony, Dorothy McDonald, conductor of the Session IV Symphony Orchestra at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and William (Tony) Porter, who serves as conductor of the Masterworks Orchestra at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Currently, Jherrard serves as the Conductor of the Detroit Chamber Orchestra, Conductor of the Neapolitan Orchestra at the Berklee College of Music, and Classical Artist-in-Residence for the James Tatum Foundation for the Arts.

By the age of 19, Jherrard put together 15 chamber string orchestras of 20 – 50 musicians and dozens of smaller chamber ensembles all under the name of Integrated Strings Perfection. When Hardeman was 16, he conducted one of his compositions with the Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra. At the ages of 16 and 17, he conducted the Chicago premiere of one of his compositions with the Chicago Sinfonietta. Jherrard continues to work as a guest conductor for all ensembles in the Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Dearborn Youth Symphony programs. Jherrard has also been an adjudicator at the first National Heritage Academies East Regional Music Festival. ​ In his free time, Jherrard enjoys bowling, golf, playing basketball, and has been known to occasionally bake desserts.

 


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