Danko Druško — Newly Appointed Director of Youth Music Monterey County

The Board and staff of YMMC are excited to announce the successful conclusion of its Music Director search! Starting in May, YMMC reviewed 47 applications from the U.S. and beyond, including many very talented and accomplished candidates. The search committee wanted to find a Music Director who possessed both the musical talent and the wonderful personality we have witnessed in its past Directors. After reviewing the applications and meeting with candidates, YMMC invited a very accomplished and highly-regarded conductor, Danko Druško, to work with YMMC students. 

Danko Druško was born and raised in Germany. He speaks German, English and Croatian fluently. His primary instrument is the trumpet. He holds a DMA in conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He was a fellow competitor of Farkhad Khudyev at the Solti conducting competition, and was a finalist in this event. Danko’s full biography can be found on his website:  https://www.dankodrusko.com/. He has worked with youth and professional orchestras in the US and Europe, and he is looking forward to working with the students of YMMC. Danko is married to a cellist, Ameena, who grew up near San Jose. She is currently working with Youth Orchestra LA.

We will have an opportunity to observe Danko and YMM students at the YMMC concerts on Sunday November 3, 2019, March 1st, 2020, and May 3, 2020. 

We look forward to meeting Danko, and giving him a warm welcome to the Monterey Peninsula!

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YMMC Chamber Players at Hidden Valley

Elizabeth Mendoza, Lance Yang Bauer, Hannah Shu, Serenai Dincer,
EB Diallo & Taylen Dincer

Every year we have the opportunity to hear the YMMC Fall and Spring orchestra concerts at Sunset Center in Carmel, and, as always, we marvel at the levels of instrumental skill and musical maturity the young players of the Youth and Honors orchestra display so naturally. But also twice a year we have occasion to hear individual players come together in more intimate ensembles to perform chamber music, which gives us a whole different perspective of their instrumental and musical skills.

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Archived in these categories: Chamber music, Strings, Youth Music Monterey


YMMC Winter Concert at Sunset Center

Soloist Amadeus Soria & Conductor Farkhad Khudyev

The last two weeks have been challenging for Youth Music Monterey County orchestras, for this was a time during which rehearsals were inconvenienced by a series of violent storms bringing widespread power outages, downed trees and impassable roads. Somehow the young musicians participating in YOSAL and YMMC got it all together in time to present a Winter Concert that was as refreshing as it was inspiring.

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Archived in these categories: Classical Era, Competition, Orchestral, Youth Music Monterey


Monterey Symphony — “Sound Waves” — Concert No. 2

 

 Soloist Carol Wincenc 

Last night at Sunset Center in Carmel the Monterey Symphony conducted by Max Bragado-Darman treated us to the second concert in its 2018-2019 season, and it turned out to be a uniquely satisfying experience! There are many compositions that although readily accessible in recordings are rarely heard in live performance. We heard two such works last night — the Le corsaire Overture by Berlioz and Nielsen’s Flute Concerto. In the Berlioz overture that began the concert, the Monterey Symphony was joined by selected members of the Youth Music Monterey County Honors Orchestra, who had the great privilege of playing along with professionals in a large symphony orchestra. Maestro Max graciously asked them to stand and take a bow at the end of the performance. He also called YMMC’s Director, Farkhad Khudyev to the stage and take a bow. This was an experience the young YMMC players won’t ever forget. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Orchestral, Romantic Era, Woodwinds, Youth Music Monterey


Youth Music Monterey — Mother’s Musical Souvenir

YMMC Competition Winner Courtney McDonald

Youth Music Monterey County attracted a huge audience at Sunset Center on Sunday afternoon. YMMC President Dorothy Micheletti gave a warm welcome to the talented young performers, their families who support them, and to their hardworking teachers who inspire them. She also gave thanks to all the donors whose financial generosity makes it possible to present concerts in a very professional venue like Sunset Center, rather than in a school auditorium on squeaky chairs or, heavens forbid, a gymnasium — where some youth orchestras with leaner budgets might end up performing. Thanks were also given to Hidden Valley Music Seminars, whose Director, Peter Meckel, continues to provide much needed rehearsal facilities. Since this concert not only represented the end of YMMC’s 2017-2018 season, but also the 30th anniversary of the founding of YMMC, the audience was invited to a birthday celebration following the concert with lavish goodies and birthday cake in the lobby and on the patio outside. Read full story

Archived in these categories: 20th Century, Competition, Concerto, Orchestral, Romantic Era, Youth Music Monterey