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    FACULTY HIGHLIGHT: Elise Blake

    Elise Blake is DCYOP’s upper level violin and chamber music coach. She has been described as "a violinist of outstanding technical accomplishment and a musician of inordinate sensitivity" by conductor Steven White (Metropolitan Opera). She is a versatile and experienced performer of orchestral, chamber, and solo repertoire. Elise performs with a wide array of ensembles. Originally from New England, Elise holds a Masters of Music in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. She completed her undergraduate training at Boston University’s School of Music

    Blake’s favorite piece of music for violin are Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet (the complete ballet score) and Bach’s Solo Sonatas and Partitas for Violin. A masterclass with Isaac Stern—“so serious but so wise and inspiring!”—stands out among her memories as a young musician. And last but not least, she ran her first marathon this year which was very exciting.

    To work with Ms. Blake, sign up for an audition today by emailing evan@dcyop.org
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    FACULTY HIGHLIGHT: Alison Lowell

    Alison Lowell is the oboe instructor at DCYOP. She was Principal Oboe with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in Durban, South Africa and is currently a member of the Interference New Music Collective and the wind quintet District5. She holds a B.A. in oboe performance from Eastman School of Music, an M.A. in oboe performance from the University of Southern California, and a D.M.A. in oboe performance from the University of Maryland.

    Her favorite piece for the oboe is the Concerto in D minor for Oboe and Small Orchestra by Richard Strauss. During her formative years, she remembers being very amused that when she started studying oboe, her neighbors came over to ask whether she had taken up the bagpipes.

    Alison loves spending time with her daughter Adelaide and her two guinea pigs, Hoagie and Samson, all of whom love the sound of the oboe!

    To work with Ms. Lowell, sign up for an audition today by emailing evan@dcyop.org
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    3 days ago  ·  

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    FACULTY HIGHLIGHT: Don Johns

    Don Johns is DCYOP’s upper level percussion instructor. An in-demand artist in the Washington metropolitan region, Mr. Johns has also taught for Prince George’s County Public Schools and KIPP DC. Johns holds a B.A. and an M.A. in music from the University of Maryland.

    His favorite piece of classical music for percussion is Firebird Suite by Stravinsky. In addition to music, reading and sports are among his favorite activities.

    To work with Mr. Johns, sign up for an audition today by emailing evan@dcyop.org
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    6 days ago  ·  

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