Get to know our premier guest conductor for the 2019-2020 Season
How/at what age did you get started in music? I started playing music when I was very young 8 years old with my father, but I started formal music studies when I was 12 years old.
Are you from a musical family? All my brothers and sister are professional musicians.
Jose Mariano, composer
Rolando, percussionist (Lion King) Broadway, percussion teacher at Temple University
Ricardo, Principal Clarinet, Philadelphia Orchestra
Jesus, cello, Dali String Quartet, Cello teacher at Westchester University
What led you to realize you wanted to be a conductor? Music was an important part of my life, I practice many hours a day and studied scores. Performing the trombone as solo and in orchestras limited my musical curiosity and the repertory I could perform. Also when I was performing I knew how I wanted the music to sound, how to fix problems in the orchestra, but most important for me it was, how to transform notes in a score to musical sounds.
What do you enjoy most about conducting? Making wonderful music with many great musicians, artist, and sharing my love of music with the audience.
What would you most like to accomplish with the Butler Philharmonic if you were to get this position full-time? Maestro Stanbery has led this organization and make this orchestra one of the best regional orchestras. I would like to expand the repertory, bring great guest artists to perform, that will inspire the orchestra and the community. And very important is to share with Butler County and surrounding communities the amazing orchestra that they have. Another goal is the educational aspect, we would like to prepare many educational concerts with schools collaborations.
What advice would you give a student who wanted to become a conductor? Listen to a lot of music, go to many live concerts and study hard: ear training, counterpoint, instrumentation, harmony and music history. You have to be prepared before going in front of an orchestra.
What value do you think music education serves in public schools? It is proven that children that study music are more likely to excel in all of their studies, learn how to work better in teams and develop critical thinking skills. Usually, have better self-esteem and become more sensitive citizens.
On the lighter side: If you could have 1 super power, what would it be & why? I would like to have the power to read very fast, there are so many books and scores that I would love to read. It will take more than one lifetime to read and study many books.
What color is conducting to you and why? I think conducting is transparent, like a glass. Hopefully, the orchestra will project the music directly to the audience without the interference of the conductor.
If you could meet your favorite composer, whether currently living or not, and work with them to conduct your favorite composition of theirs, who would it be and which composition? Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 6 (Pathetique) – This composition is so moving. I would love to know what motivated him personally.
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