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December, 19, 2024
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM




High School String Ensemble


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James Woomert

Performer Details

Performer Bio Synopsis

Located in Howard County, Maryland, the Marriotts Ridge High School Orchestra Program is an active, diverse, and dedicated group of student musicians constantly striving for artistic and personal growth. Marriotts Ridge orchestras routinely earn high honors at local, regional, and international music festivals, with numerous members earning positions in local and regional youth orchestras as well as Maryland All-State Orchestras. Orchestra students at Marriotts Ridge have the opportunity to experience music making through membership in two auditioned string orchestras, a non-auditioned string orchestra, full orchestra, and chamber music.

Marriotts Ridge High School Orchestra

Conductor's Bio

JAMES WOOMERT is Director of Orchestras at Marriotts Ridge High School in Howard County, Maryland. Prior to arriving at Marriotts Ridge, James served as Director of Orchestras at Atholton High School in Columbia, Maryland, and Associate Director of Orchestras at the nationally recognized Carmel High School Orchestra Program in Carmel, Indiana. Originally from Toronto, Canada, James moved to Indiana to study at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he completed a Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance and a Master of Science in Music Education. While attending IU, James studied string pedagogy with Dr. Brenda Brenner and Mimi Zweig and was a member of the founding staff of the Fairview Violin Project, a pilot musical outreach program providing violin instruction to at-risk elementary school students. As well as conducting and coaching various southern Indiana youth wind and string ensembles, James also taught music introduction and methods courses at Indiana University as an Associate Instructor. In addition to his classroom and private studio teaching, James has been a freelance violist in the Indianapolis area, performed as a member of the Owensboro (KY) Symphony Orchestra from 2008-2012, toured with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and was selected to participate in three summer seasons with the National Academy Orchestra. James has also held leadership positions in the orchestras of Indiana University, performed with almost every regional orchestra in Indiana, and enjoyed the opportunity to work with such renowned musicians as Leonard Slatkin, Sir Andrew Davis, Jaime Laredo, and Joshua Bell. Orchestras under James' direction have had the honor of being selected as featured performing ensembles at the Maryland Music Educators Association State Conference, and the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference. James has served on the faculties of the Howard County Youth Orchestra, the L.A. Philharmonic’s National Take a Stand Festival, and currently serves as Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra's Concert Orchestra. In 2018, James received the Outstanding Music Educator award from the Maryland Music Educators Association. James was a contributing author for Teaching Music Through Performance in Orchestra, Volume 4, which was published by GIA Publications in 2021.