Breath of Inspiration

Breath of Inspiration
Saturday, Jun 29, 2013
7:00 PM
Disney Hall
Colin Clarke, Director
Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (Canada)
Colin Clarke, Director
Scott Stewart, Director
Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (GA)
Scott Stewart, Director
Gwen Wyatt, Director
Gwen Wyatt Chorale (CA)
Gwen Wyatt, Director
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Participating Ensembles:

Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (Canada)
Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (GA)
The Gwen Wyatt Chorale & La Verne Uuniversity Choir (CA)

Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (Canada)

Colin Clarke
Colin Clarke
Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra
 
Now in its 22nd season, the award-winning Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra has earned a reputation nationwide as one of the leading performance ensembles of its kind in Canada, boasting collaborations with renowned composers such as Eric Whitacre and guest artists such as Jens Lindemann and the United States Army Herald Trumpets. In 2006, TYWO became the first Canadian youth wind ensemble to perform at Carnegie Hall, an honor it was invited to repeat in 2011 in celebration of its 20th anniversary. TYWO provides positive, life-enhancing experiences for young Toronto musicians through the study and performance of wind band literature.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Colin Clarke, Director
 
A recipient of the prestigious Clifford Evans Award for Conducting, Colin Clarke has led performances all across Canada, the United States and eastern Europe. His credits include collaboration with groups such as the United States Air Force Band of Liberty in Boston, Massachusetts, the New Symphony Orchestra of Sofia, Bulgaria, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Ballet Jörgen, trumpet virtuoso Allan Vizzutti and the Canadian Brass. With a passion for music education and outreach, Colin maintains a commitment to working with young people and the community, and holds the distinction of being the youngest conductor to lead the renowned National Youth Band of Canada.

Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (GA)

Scott A. Stewart
Scott Stewart
Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony
 
The Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony (AYWS) was founded in 1988 as the premier honor wind ensemble for high school youth for the Atlanta metropolitan area. Its purposes are to provide a positive musical experience in an artistic environment for advanced high school instrumentalists in wind and percussion performance, and to supplement the outstanding music education programs in the public and private schools in the region.
 
The AYWS has appeared on Public Radio International's acclaimed radio program "From the Top" and has performed at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Midwest Clinic in Chicago, the MENC National Convention in Milwaukee, the North Carolina Music Educators Association State Convention in Winston-Salem, the Georgia Music Educators Association state in-conference in Savannah, the CBDNA/NBA Regional Conference in Atlanta, and in exchange concerts with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra Wind Symphony in Dallas.
 
The AYWS is based at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. It presents four annual concerts at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, commissions new music for wind band regularly, participates in national tours, and features guest conductors, composers, and soloists of renown.
 
 
 
 
Scott A. Stewart, Music Director and Conductor
 
Scott Stewart is the Director of Wind Studies at Emory University, where he joined the faculty in 1999. He is the Music Director and Conductor of the Emory University Wind Ensemble and the Atlanta Youth Wind Symphony, and teaches courses in wind band literature and history, conducting, and film music.
 
Stewart holds a Bachelor of Music Education and Doctor of Music in Conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and a Master of Music from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas at Austin.
 
Stewart is an active guest conductor, teacher, clinician, author, speaker, and saxophonist. He is the on-air host of "Summer Winds" on 90.1 FM WABE (Atlanta NPR affiliate), a founding member of the Atlanta Saxophone Quartet, and conductor and producer of the CD "In the World of Spirits" on the NAXOS Wind Band Classics label.

The Gwen Wyatt Chorale & La Verne Uuniversity Choir (CA)

Gwen Wyatt
Gwen Wyatt
Gwen Wyatt Chorale
 
The Gwen Wyatt Chorale, organized in 1988, is a community chorus with multi-ethnic and multi-generational membership. The Chorale has appeared all over the world in the most celebrated venues singing masterworks of Vivaldi, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, and American composers. The group, however, distinguishes itself as interpreters of African American spirituals in the time honored way as coached by Jester Hairston. They have received project grants in support of this concept from various Arts Commissions and Durfee ARC Grants. The Chorale has released a CD, Rock My Soul. Contact wyattchorale@aol.com or www.gwenwyattchorale.com for additional information.
 
 
 
Gwen Wyatt, Director
Gwen Wyatt, founder-director of the Gwen Wyatt Chorale, lyric soprano, church music director, and voice professor has worldwide performances including Carnegie Hall, Mormon Tabernacle, Manger Square in Bethlehem, Vatican City, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Dr. Wyatt, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, earned her DMA from Claremont Graduate University, writing her dissertation on her mentor, Jester Hairston: His Approach to Spirituals, The Background of Singing Spirituals in the U.S. Dr. Wyatt holds degrees from the University of North Dakota and California State University, Los Angeles. Additionally, she holds memberships in SAI, Chorus America, ACDA, and NACM.