Joel Powell

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Joel Powell is currently the Director of Orchestras at Carmel Middle School in Carmel, IN and also serves as the Concert Orchestra conductor of the New World Youth Orchestras of Indianapolis, IN. Mr. Powell graduated magna cum laude with honors from Ball State University, earning a BA in Music Education.  Mr. Powell is formerly an orchestra director at Avon Community Schools and Goshen Community Schools where he taught middle and high school orchestra. Mr. Powell is an accomplished conductor and orchestra director.  As a conductor, he studied with Kirk Trevor and Bohuslav Rattay and has participated in master classes with Kevin Noe.  Mr. Powell’s orchestras have consistently earned international recognition and honors.  Two of Mr. Powell's orchestras have been invited to perform at the prestigious Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago, Il, first with the Avon Middle School Chamber Orchestra in 2015 at the 69th Annual Midwest Clinic and second the Carmel Middle School Chamber Orchestra in 2017 at the 71st Annual Midwest Clinic. Highly sought after as a clinician and conductor, Mr. Powell's orchestras consistently earn top ratings and prizes at contests and festivals.  Mr. Powell has twice served as an honorary guest conductor for the Jefferson County Public School Corporation’s All-County Honor Orchestra (Louisville, KY), conducting both the high school and middle school honor orchestras.  He has also guest-conducted the Indiana American String Teachers Association All-Region Honor Orchestra.  Since 2014, Mr. Powell has served as a faculty clinician for the Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University.  Additionally, Mr. Powell and his ensembles have been featured in The Instrumentalist magazine, a music education magazine circulated around the world.  As a leader in the field of music education, Mr. Powell presented a clinic in 2017 at the prestigious Midwest Clinic on the subject of middle school and high school curriculum alignment. Mr. Powell began his studies on violin and viola with Dr. Caroline Card Wendt.  As a violinist, Mr. Powell studied with concert violinist and recording artist Mary Kothman and was a scholarship pupil of renowned violin virtuoso Sherry Kloss, past teaching associate of Jascha Heifetz.  Mr. Powell’s list of professional performance engagements as a musician include such distinctions as scholarship pupil at the Jascha Heifetz Institute for the Development of Personal Style and master classes with Sydney Harth, Felicia Moye, David Holland, Roger Meyers, and Stephen Clapp, the former Dean of the Juilliard School of Music.  Mr. Powell is also an accomplished violist and studied extensively with Philip Tietze.  Mr. Powell regularly performs with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra and other area orchestras as both a violinist and violist. Mr. Powell’s wife, Madison Gren Powell, is an accomplished concert violinist and respected private teacher.  Mr. Powell also has a son, Gavin, and two daughters, Sabrina and Vanessa, all of whom study the violin.

Deborah Baker Monday

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Deborah Baker Monday has retired from her 25 year tenure in the award winning Logan City orchestra program. She continues to share her talents with students as a guest clinician, conductor and teaching supervisor. Ms. Monday received her B.M.E., magna cum laude, from Florida State University with an emphasis in string education. She was awarded an academic fellowship to attend the University of Alabama where she received her M.M. in composition. During that time she was a bassist with the Meridian Symphony Orchestra and the Tupelo Symphony Orchestra. She continued her studies at Louisiana State University where she received the Chancellor's Award to participate in the L.S.U. Symphony Orchestra under the direction of James Yestadt. She has studied theory and composition with Harold Schiffman, John Boda, Frederic Goossen, Paul Hedwall and Dinos Constantinides. Ms. Monday continued to be an active bass performer when she moved to Utah. After completing all of the course work and passing the written and oral portions of the doctoral exams, she was hired to teach in the Logan City School District as a low string specialist. During her tenure with Logan she has pursued her interest in composition and arranging for educational strings and has over 130 works with seven publishing companies. This has been a rewarding part of her career while she and her husband, Bill, have raised 4 amazing children. She has received awards for Outstanding Elementary Educator and Superior Accomplishment from the UtahASTA and UtahMEA, respectively. She won the UtahASTA Composition Competition in 2006 and 2011. Ms. Monday has presented at numerous state music conferences throughout the U.S. as well as several national ASTA conventions, The Midwest Clinic and the prestigious Ohio State String Teachers Workshop. She is very active as a clinician, conductor and adjudicator and has received numerous commissions for her work. Her studies in composition and experience in string education have combined to make her one of the leading contributors to the educational repertoire for string players.

aLL-STATE 9th & 10th grade Full Orchestra
Akiko Fujimoto

Akiko Fujimoto is the associate conductor for the Minnesota Orchestra, where she conducts the Young People’s Concerts, Symphonic Adventures for High Schools, special events and outdoor community concerts, while serving as cover conductor for classical subscription programs and Live at Orchestra Hall performances.  Additionally, she serves as a link to the community, participating in engagement activities, school visits and collaborations with other Minnesota arts and cultural institutions. Before arriving in Minnesota, Fujimoto served as the associate conductor of the San Antonio Symphony for five seasons.  Highlights in San Antonio included a gala featuring violinist Gil Shaham in Brahms’ Violin Concerto, an all-French classical subscription program and fully staged ballet productions including Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and The Nutcracker.  Prior to arriving in Texas, Fujimoto served as the conducting associate for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor, Fujimoto has performed with the Houston Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, the Round Rock Symphony and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Additionally, she has conducted Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra as a participant in the Young Conductors Program and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the St. Magnus Festival.  During the 2018-19 season she will make her debut with the Mid-Texas Symphony with the music of Rossini, Ellen Taafe Zwilich and Tchaikovsky.  She will also return to the San Antonio Symphony to conduct a classical subscription program featuring music of Toru Takemitsu, Bernstein and Dvořák, and to the Los Angeles Philharmonic as a cover conductor for two all-Brahms programs. In August 2019, she will conduct her first program on the Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest series. Fujimoto has extensive experiences working with young musicians, starting at Harvard University where she directed the Mozart Society Orchestra for five seasons and at Stanford University where she served as the interim music director of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. In Virginia, she held the positions of Director of Orchestras at the College of William & Mary and music director of the Williamsburg Youth Orchestras. Born in Japan, Fujimoto moved to the United States at age 14 and attended Stanford University where she studied music and psychology. She holds masters degrees in conducting from Boston University and the Eastman School of Music. 

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William White

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William C. White is a conductor, composer, teacher, writer, and performer based in Seattle, WA, where he currently serves as music director of Orchestra Seattle and the Seattle Chamber Singers, a unique performing ensemble comprised of a chorus and orchestra that concertize as one. From 2011 to 2015, Mr. White served as Assistant Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, working closely with music director Louis Langrée and an array of guest artists, including John Adams, Philip Glass, Jennifer Higdon, and Itzhak Perlman. A noted pedagogue, he has led some of the nation’s finest youth orchestra programs, including Portland’s Metropolitan Youth Symphony and the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra. Mr. White has long-standing associations with a number of musical organizations, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, for whom he has regularly given pre-concert lectures since 2008. Mr. White maintains a significant career as a composer of music for the concert stage, theater, cinema, church, radio, and film. His music has been performed throughout North America as well as in Asia and Europe. His output includes a symphony, an oratorio, chamber music of all varieties, and several works intended for young audiences. His music has been recorded on the MSR Classics and Cedille Record labels. Mr. White earned a masters degree in Conducting from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, and a BA in Music from the University of Chicago. In 2004, he began attending the  Pierre Monteux School for Conductors under the tutelage of Michael Jinbo, later serving as the school's Conducting Associate, then as its Composer-in-Residence. Mr. White hails from Bethesda, MD, where he began his musical training as a violist. Recordings of his works can be heard at his web site,, where he also maintains a blog and publishing business.

aLL-STATE 11th & 12th grade Full Orchestra
Carolyn Watson

A major prizewinner at the 2012 Emmerich Kálmán International Operetta Conducting Competition in Budapest, Carolyn Watson was also a Fellow of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival where she studied with David Zinman. She has conducted orchestras throughout Europe including the Brandenburg Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Kodály Philharmonic, Savaria Symphony Orchestra, Budapest Operetta Theatre, Bulgarian State Opera Bourgas and in Russia, the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. In 2017 Carolyn was one of six conductors selected for the elite Dallas Opera Institute for Women Conductors and has participated in master classes with Marin Alsop, Peter Eötvös, Yoel Levi, Martyn Brabbins and Alex Polishchuk. Carolyn conducted musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic in Interaktion 2010 and was Musical Assistant at the Staatsoper Berlin in 2012 for Infektion!, a festival of modern theatre celebrating the works of John Cage. She was resident at the Israeli National Opera during 2009 and assisted Sir Charles Mackerras on his final two productions at The Royal Opera, Covent Garden and Glyndebourne the following year. Carolyn is the recipient of a number of prestigious national and international awards for young conductors including the Brian Stacey Award for emerging Australian conductors, Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Prize awarded via the Australian Music Foundation in London, Opera Foundation Australia’s Bayreuth Opera Award and Berlin New Music Opera Award and the Nelly Apt Conducting Scholarship. She is the beneficiary of support from the American Australian Association's Dame Joan Sutherland Fund and a Sheila Pryor Study Grant from the Australian Opera Auditions Committee. Featured in a national conductor preview with the Sydney Symphony, Carolyn in 2011, was also Assistant Conductor for the inaugural Australian World Orchestra concert season in Sydney working with Simone Young. Also during 2011 she was Associate Conductor of the Tasmania Discovery Orchestra and Assistant Chorus Master of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. In 2008 Carolyn conducted the Scottish Chamber Orchestra during the Orkney Conducting Course before returning home to conduct the World Youth Day Orchestra on the occasion of the Pope's arrival in Australia for a live audience of one hundred thousand and a worldwide-televised audience of some five million people. Winner of the 2015 American Prize in Orchestral Performance and Runner-up for The American Prize in Conducting, Carolyn is also an enthusiastic music educator and currently serves as Director of Orchestral Studies at The University of Kansas whilst continuing to enjoy an active freelance career throughout the US, Europe and Australia. From 2013-15 she held the prestigious position of Music Director of the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra, having also conducted the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra since moving to the US in 2013. Carolyn holds a PhD in Performance (Conducting) from the University of Sydney where the subject of her doctoral thesis was Gesture as Communication: The Art of Carlos

aLL-STATE 11th & 12th grade string Orchestra
Michael Hopkins

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Michael Hopkins is Associate Professor and Chair of Music Education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he teaches courses in string techniques, orchestra methods, research methods, and the psychology of music. Prior to joining the U-M faculty, Hopkins was the conductor of the University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and directed middle and high school orchestras in Colorado, Michigan, and Vermont. He is the founding director of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra and has been a guest conductor at over 100 orchestra festivals and clinics throughout the United States. He has given over 60 presentations at national and state music education conferences on various topics in string education and music technology and has composed and arranged over 70 published works for orchestra. He has published articles in the Journal of Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, CRME Bulletin, Music Education Research, American String Teacher, String Research Journal, the Music Educators' Journal and The Instrumentalist. He is the author of the String Technique YouTube channel, a pedagogical resource with over 100 videos.