Alabama Orchestra Association
Conductors

Important Dates


February 8-11, 2018
All-State Festival

Festival Orchestra Conductor

Norman Huynh

Norman Huynh

Norman Huynh is the newly appointed Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Associate Conductor for the Oregon Symphony. In this position he is responsible for conducting family, youth education and specials concerts, as well as assisting for the masterworks series. For the 2016/2017 season, Norman makes his debut with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and has been reengaged with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra and the Princess Galyani Vadhana Youth Orchestra of Thailand.

Prior to moving to Oregon, Norman served as the Assistant Conductor for the Portland Symphony Orchestra in Maine from 2013-2016. Through this position, he visited over sixty schools and implemented Symphony and Spirits, a series that has brought over 500 new concert-goers under the age of forty to PSO performances. In his final season, Norman was notified last minute to conduct a masterworks concert which the Portland Press Herald stated, "Overall, he had the orchestra sounding warm and robust, and he created a strong parting impression of a young conductor with clear ability and a strong interpretive will.."

Throughout his career, Norman has conducted the Baltimore Symphony, Toledo Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Macon Symphony and Peabody Symphony Orchestra. Most recently he was a conducting fellow at the 2016 Aspen Music Festival and School under the tutelage of Robert Spano. In 2015, Norman shared the podium with New York Philharmonic Music Director Emeritus, Kurt Masur at the Manhattan School of Music. Subsequently, he was awarded the 2015 Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Scholarship to work privately with the Maestro culminating in a concert with the Leipzig Symphony Orchestra at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig. He has served as an assistant conductor for Spoleto Festival U.S.A., Opera Carolina, the Lyric Opera of Baltimore, Peabody Opera Theatre, and The Peabody Singers. During the 2011-2013 seasons, Norman was a cover conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra working with Music Director Marin Alsop and Guest Conductors Juanjo Mena, Vasily Petrenko and Christoph König.In the summer of 2014, Norman was a participant at the Tanglewood Music Center's Conducting Seminar with Stefan Asbury. In 2010 and 2011, Norman won the International Conducting Workshop and Competition held in Macon, Georgia.

In 2012, Norman co-founded the Occasional Symphony, an organization that spreads orchestral music throughout the city of Baltimore. Occasional Symphony performs on holidays by presenting innovative programs that resonate with its eclectic venue (such as a concert celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday in a children’s museum or a silent-film Halloween concert in an abandoned church). One of Norman’s greatest passions is educating the next generation of musicians and music lovers. With an extensive background in music education, he develops youth concerts to provide a tailored and meaningful experience for concertgoers of all ages.

Norman studied orchestral conducting at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University working with Gustav Meier, Markand Thakar, Edward Polochick and Marin Alsop. Previous teachers include John Ratledge, Demondrae Thurman and Adrian Gnam.

Sinfonia Orchestra Conductor

Perry Holbrook

Perry Holbrook

Perry Holbrook holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, a Masters of Music degree from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Wichita State University. He received his teaching credentials from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Holbrook has taught at Walton High School since 2001. Since his arrival, orchestra enrollment has continued to increase from 130 to over 400 string students. His groups have received five invitations to perform at The Midwest Clinic (2001, 2005, 2008, 2012, 2016), have received two invitations to perform at the ASTA National Conference (2009, 2012), and have performed six times at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference (2001, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2016). Dr. Holbrook’s groups have also traveled and performed internationally, participating in three European concert tours (2004, 2007, 2015). His orchestra is looking forward to another performance in Austria scheduled for February 2018. The international performances included cities of Austria (Salzburg, Vienna, Graz), Germany (Berlin), and the Czech Republic (Prague). String quartets (2009, 2010) from Walton High School have also performed in Spain (Salamanca).

Dr. Holbrook is active as a guest conductor. Summer conducting engagements have included the Sewanee Summer Music Festival (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015) and the Orchestra America Summer Symposium (2006, 2007). He has guest conducted honor groups in Texas, South Carolina, and Georgia. Dr. Holbrook has presented clinics at the Midwest Clinic (2006, 2016); the ASTA National Conference (2004, 2009); the Georgia Music Educators Convention (2006, 2010, 2013); and the Texas Music Educators Convention (2005). In 2007, he was the featured clinician at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, presenting a series of five clinics. In addition to teaching orchestra, Dr. Holbrook teaches AP Music Theory. He was named the S.T.A.R. teacher of Walton High School in 2004.

Several original compositions of Dr. Holbrook are behind performed around the country. His composition “Someday” has been performed by the Kentucky Music Educators All State Orchestra and at the Indiana Music Educators State Convention. Recently the Dodgen Middle School Chamber Orchestra placed first at the ASTA National Orchestra Festival performing this composition. Dr. Holbrook lives in Atlanta, Georgia. His daughter, Bailey, is a cello performance major at Indiana University. In his free time he can usually be found playing tennis, cycling, or perhaps ballroom dancing.

Consort String Orchestra Conductor

Andrew Dabczynski

Andrew Dabczynski

Andrew H. Dabczynski is Emeritus Professor of Music Education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he founded the BYU “New Horizons Orchestra,” a beginning string orchestra for adults and a laboratory for string teacher training. In recognition of that work, he was awarded BYU’s Joseph E. White Fellowship for Teaching and Learning. Dr. Dabczynski has held teaching and administrative positions at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and in the public schools of Penfield and Mamaroneck, New York. In addition, he was the Supervisor of Fine Arts Education in the Waterford, Michigan, School District. Dr. Dabczynski received a B.M. degree in applied viola performance from the Eastman School, and a M.A. from the University of Connecticut, serving there as violist in the graduate string quartet. He also holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Michigan. As a performer, Dr. Dabczynski has played viola in the Rochester Philharmonic, the Hartford Symphony, the Portland (Maine) Symphony, the Kalamazoo Symphony, and the Greenwich (Connecticut) Symphony orchestras. For six years, he was a member of the Colden String Quartet, ensemble-in-residence at Western Michigan University. He also has been an adjunct faculty member at numerous other colleges and at national string workshops. Dr. Dabczynski has held a variety of national committee positions with the American String Teachers Association, and is past-president of the Utah chapter of that organization. Utah ASTA named Dr. Dabczynski their "Higher Education Teacher of the Year" in 2005, and in 2014 awarded him for his "Outstanding Contributions to Music Education."

Highly respected for his expertise in string pedagogy, Dr. Dabczynski co-authored the widely acclaimed comprehensive string method series, String Explorer, published by Alfred Publishing Co. Additionally, a strong interest in folk music and ethnomusicology has led him to focus his research efforts on fiddling and the transmission of traditional music. In addition to his doctoral dissertation, he has written many articles on the subject of teaching and learning fiddling, both in contemporary America and other cultures. He co-authored the groundbreaking Fiddlers Philharmonic series, also published by Alfred. Dr. Dabczynski has pursued professional and research interests in string pedagogy, school curriculum, and musical learning among senior adults. He appears frequently as a clinician for teachers and guest conductor for student ensembles throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. His numerous arrangements and compositions for string and full orchestra are played regularly in concerts throughout the world, and published by Alfred as well as Boosey and Hawkes. Dr. Dabczynski and his wife Diane (a commercial vocalist) live in Provo, Utah.

Important Dates


February 8-11, 2018
All-State Festival

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