Music Director/Lead Clinician
The Festival’s music director and lead clinician is Adam Flatt. He is Music Director of the Newport Symphony Orchestra, the Colorado Ballet, and the University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa Symphony. Mr. Flatt also has a notable career in making music with some of our country’s most talented young musicians. He has served on the summer faculties of both the Rocky Ridge Music Center and the Curtis Institute of Music’s Summerfest, and recently conducted the springtime residency of the Landes-Jugend-Sinfonie-Orchester Saar.
“What a gift for young orchestra musicians to have some days away from home to devote entirely to music and to each other,” Maestro Flatt says. “The high school programs receive a great boost from this intense work, making strides in both music-making and in team-building, and bring home treasured memories of a musical weekend at the coast.”
Mr. Flatt served an acclaimed seven year tenure as Music Director of the Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DTAO), one of America’s best youth orchestras, leading its concerts at home and on international tours. During his DYAO tenure, Mr. Flatt founded the organization’s first training ensembles: the Conservatory Orchestra and the Young String Ensemble. Before working in Denver, Mr. Flatt served for years on the staff of the Portland Youth Philharmonic, leading both of its training orchestras. He has led several festival and all-state orchestras in Indiana, California, and Colorado.
Recent Guest Clinicians
Dr. Dan Allcott, Tennessee Technical University – For over 20 years, Dan Allcott has been conducting daring collaborations, outstanding symphonic concerts, and leading opera and ballet productions with international stars. Music Director of both the Oak Ridge Symphony and the Bryan Symphony orchestras in Tennessee, Allcott regularly conducts Tennessee’s finest musicians (members of the Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga Symphonies) in concerts lauded by critics and enthusiastically enjoyed by audiences. He has conducted the Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Danish Radio Orchestra, and has a continuing relationship as a guest conductor with Asheville Lyric Opera, where he most recently led performances of Tosca and Marriage of Figaro, and Barber of Seville. In 2013, Allcott became Artistic Advisor and Summer conductor with Eastport Strings in Maine. He is Professor of Music at Tennessee Tech, where he is Director of Orchestras and Instructor of Cello.
Dr. Blake Richardson, University of Alabama – Currently serving as Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra, Mr. Richardson joined the University of Alabama School of Music faculty as Director of Orchestral Studies in the fall of 2013. He had held assistant conductor positions with the Barcelona Symphony and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and has conducted the San Diego Symphony, the Brandenburger Symphoniker, and Cincinnati’s Chamber Orchestra. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Richardson worked as assistant conductor for the inaugural international tour of Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra of the USA, spending three weeks touring Russia and the United Kingdom. As winner of the 2010 Ansbacher Fellowship, he attended the Salzburg Festival on invitation of the Vienna Philharmonic. Originally trained on violin, piano, and percussion, Dr. Richardson was a scholarship violin student at the University of Texas and holds graduate degrees in conducting from Indiana University and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He was the Cincinnati Symphony conducting fellow from 2008-2009 and was awarded the David Effron Conducting Fellowship at the Chautauqua Institution during the summer of 2006.
Helen Cha-Pyo, Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts – Ms. Cha-Pyo is currently the Artistic Director of the Wharton Institute for the Performing Arts and the Principal Conductor of the New Jersey Youth Symphony. The Wharton Arts is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts education center serving over 1,400 students from 13 different counties of New Jersey through a range of classes at Wharton Performing Arts School, 15 performing ensembles at New Jersey Youth Symphony and Paterson Music Project, an El Sistema-inspired program serving children every day at 5 different sites in the city of Paterson, NJ. She previously served as Visiting Associate Professor of Orchestral Studies and Conductor of the Montclair University Symphony Orchestra at the John J. Cali School of Music (NJ) from 2017 to 2019.
Dr. Dana Reason is the Symposium’s clinician. She is founder and director of popular music studies at Oregon State University. She is currently the coordinator of contemporary music and research at Oregon State University.
Dr. Reason holds a bachelor’s degree in music from McGill University, a master’s degree in composition from Mills College and a doctoral degree in critical studies/experimental practices (now called integrative studies) from the University of California San Diego. She was the founder and director of popular music studies at Oregon State University (OSU) from 2011 to 2015 and is currently the coordinator of contemporary music and research at OSU.
A composer, improviser, keyboardist, sound artist, producer and researcher working at the intersections of 20th- and 21st-century music genres and intermedia practices, Dr. Reason’s album Angle of Vision was long-listed for Grammy Awards in three separate categories including best instrumental composition, best arrangement and best jazz instrumental album. Additionally, her wind symphony “Currents” was long-listed for best contemporary classical composition. Dr. Reason is a performing artist and composer that moves easily between genres encompassing a dynamic stylistic range and repertoire.