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Best of All Worlds in Your High School Orchestra

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  • Childhood friends and Yamaha clinicians Christian Howes and Douglas Droste combine to highlight the benefits of a well-rounded string program with both eclectic and traditional instruction. Concepts and ideas will be presented on how contrasting styles compliment each other pedagogically and educationally.
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  • 12/18/2013 10:30 AM - N/A
  • W185
  • Douglas Droste is Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor of Music at Oklahoma State University. He is also Principal Guest Conductor with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. An advocate of youth orchestras and music education, Droste is the founder/conductor of the OSU String Academy Chamber Orchestra. He regularly conducts All-State Orchestras and other youth orchestras, serves as a clinician and adjudicator for school orchestras and festivals, and recently established a Young People's Concert series with the OSU Orchestra. Droste studied conducting at the Pierre Monteux School, Oregon Bach Festival, as well as conducting seminars sponsored by the League of American Orchestras and Conductors Guild. On violin, Droste has performed with the orchestras of Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Nashville, Memphis, Lubbock, and the Lancaster Festival. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Texas Tech University.
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  • Christian Howes
  • A suzuki-trained violinist from Columbus, Ohio, Christian Howes grew up winning classical competitions and went on to pursue jazz, rock, fiddle styles, blues and world music, distinguishing himself as one of the premier improvising violinists in the world. He was voted first place in the 2011 Downbeat Critics Poll (“Rising Star/Violin”) and nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for “Violinist of the Year.” Christian founded his own online learning site, The Creative Strings Academy, to provide curriculum for teachers to offer improvisation, harmony, and eclectic styles in the classroom. Christian Howes is a Yamaha performing artist.