5th Annual Concert Band and Orchestra Festival

Friday, March 16th, 2018 (at Grace Church in Oak Ridge) Parents and students are invited to attend this full day event where middle/high school band students (public, private, and homeschooled) can come together for an intensive learning and performing experience. This year, for the first time, we are also including strings!

The day will include workshops, master classes and band rehearsals, featuring professional musicians.  It will conclude with a concert at 6:30pm performed by the students, which is free and open to the public.

Registration ($10 per student) is required for the full-day experience, beginning at 9am.


This year, we are excited to announce 3 special guests:

Mrs. Michelle Baker has recently retired after 27 years of playing second horn at the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra!  She currently teaches at Manhattan School of Music, Montclair State University, and as an assistant professor at Juilliard.  Ms. Baker earned her bachelor’s degree from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, and her master’s degree at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of James Chambers.

Mr. Charlie Baker, principal trombone of the New Jersey Symphony orchestra. In addition to his trombonist duties with the NJSO, Baker conducts the NJSO’s brass and percussion ensemble. As an ongoing commitment, he directs the Montclair Citadel Band of the Salvation Army. He has also been a guest conductor of the NJSO, Nassau Symphony, New Jersey Pops Orchestra and the Grand Teton Orchestral Seminar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Michael Montero of Montero Violins will be joining us to give a presentation on instrumental care, maintenance, and repair.  Mr. Montero served as the Music Director of the Auburn Chamber Orchestra in Auburn, New York. He was the former concertmaster of the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra (Syracuse, NY), and the music director of the Onondaga Youth String Ensemble, which he founded.  He currently serves as concertmaster for the Moravian College Community Orchestra. He received a BA in music from Rutgers University.  After graduation, he studied violin repair and making with his beloved mentor, Thomas Cox.


Mark your calendars for the concert! If you are interested in participating, click below for complete details and registration.