Andrew Lane, Music Director & Symphonic Orchestra Conductor
Andrew Lane is pleased to return as Music Director & Symphonic Orchestra Conductor of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra for the 2013 – 2014 Season. In 2012, Maestro Lane concluded seventeen years as Resident Conductor and Principal Pops Conductor of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Under his leadership, the orchestra expanded its concert offerings to include pops, community concerts, family concerts, and educational concerts, which reached over 60,000 people each season.
A dynamic and popular pops conductor, Maestro Lane serves as Pops Conductor of the Sarasota Orchestra and will lead that ensemble for all their subscription pops concerts for the 2012-2013 season. His pops concerts have included Banford Marsalis, Deborah Gibson, Peter Schickele, Arturo Sandoval, Roy Scheider, Doc Severinsen, Broadway star Davis Gaines, and many other renowned artists. In October of 2006, Andrew Lane conducted members of the Chicago Symphony featuring Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. Mr. Lane has been featured as conductor in 25 CD recordings produced by Madacy Entertainment Group of Quebec, Canada. Mr. Lane has also been a featured guest conductor with the Florida Orchestra, The Naples Philharmonic, Rochester Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony and San Antonio Symphony. In October of 2010, he was chosen by Bank of America as a "Local Hero" for his commitment to music education in Central Florida. United Arts of Central Florida named him Music Educator of the Year in 2012.
Andrew Lane believes music is an essential part of a young person’s education. Through the principles of “teach, challenge, and encourage,” FSYO musicians are inspired to take their talents to new heights that ensure music will always be an important part of their lives. Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians are the future of classical music.
Heide Evans Waldron, Executive Director
Heide Evans Waldron joined as Executive Director of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra in October of 2011. Heide earned a BA in Marketing and a BA in Business Management Administration from the University of Phoenix. She recently attended the Rollins Crummer School of Business. Prior to joining the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Heide was the Manager of Member Relations at Orlando Science Center, wherein she served over 6,000 families in the greater Central Florida area since 2007. With over 10 years of hospitality experience, Heide specializes in generating substantial revenue growth, fundraising, event planning, marketing, public relations and customer service.
Musically inclined, as well, Heide is a former violist and alumnus of the Polk County Imperial Youth Orchestra. Heide's combined knowledge of non-profit leadership and youth orchestra education gives her great insight and dedication to serving the arts in Central Florida. In the immediate future, Heide plans to strengthen relationships with the community, encourage greater involvement and further alignment of the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra with arts and music education standards in Central Florida.
Briana Scales, Development Manager
Briana Scales joined the FSYO team last season and is looking forward to another wonderful year. She holds a BA in Music and a BA in Psychology from Kalamazoo College and a MS in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. She also holds a Certificate in Business Management from the Rollins Crummer School of Business.
Before coming to FSYO, Briana was an intern at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Development and Donor Relations and an Account Executive at CGS Entertainment, an entertainment booking company in Detroit, MI. The main client of CGS is Detroit's MGM Grand Casino, where she managed weekly talent and events, and was responsible for contracting and scheduling both local and internationally known talent.
Musically, Briana is a classically trained vocalist and instrumentalist, playing the cello and piano. She delved into the music business at a young age, creating her first string quartet in the 6th grade that played around the Detroit area for many weddings and government functions. She has also been an instructor of private music lessons and theory and aural comprehension classes, as well as summer music camps.
Jenny Powell, Member Relations Coordinator
Jenny Powell is starting her first season with the FSYO. She holds a BA in Music Administration from the University of Alabama, focused on the day-to-day needs of a performing arts organization. Before coming to the FSYO, Jenny worked many different positions with different music organizations, including Stage Hand with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Guide and Back of House Manager with OrlandoFest, and Stage Manager and Office Assistant with the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to her working experience with different organizations, Jenny is a long-time percussionist with experience in many different types of ensembles. Since she began her percussion instruction at the age of 12, she has been a member of orchestras, wind ensembles, percussion ensembles and marching bands. She has also been a private percussion instructor and summer music camp counselor for students of varying ages and skill levels. Jenny's diverse working experience in the music industry combined with her extensive performance experience has given Jenny a unique understanding of the work that goes into running a performing arts organization as well as the varying needs of performers of all ages.
Carl Rendek, Production Manager & Librarian
Carl Rendek is the Production Manager and Librarian for the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra, Mr. Rendek attended the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he was a scholarship student of Walter Rosenberger and Morris Lang of the New York Philharmonic. He was also a scholarship student of Charles Owen at the Aspen Music Festival.
Mr. Rendek studied jazz vibraphone with David Friedman. He is a former member of the Florida Symphony Orchestra (1975-1993), and current member of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, where he serves a dual role as Principal Timpani and as Production Manager.
Matthew Davis, Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor
Matthew Davis is currently Director of Strings at the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Lakeland, Florida. In addition to conducting the Harrison Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Davis also teaches music theory, music composition, and chamber music. Under his direction, the Harrison Symphony Orchestra was selected to perform at the 2007 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago and the 2010 Festival des Anches in La Croix Valmer, France. Currently, Mr. Davis is on the faculty of the Florida State University Summer Music Camps, where he co-conducts the Symphony String, Guarneri and Chamber orchestras. An active All-County clinician, Mr. Davis has conducted middle school and high school honors orchestras in Tampa, Fort Myers, and Naples, Florida as well as San Antonio, Texas. Mr. Davis holds a Master of Music Education from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music in cello performance from Indiana University.
Mr. Davis was recently awarded a Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship to travel to the Netherlands to study Baroque cello at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He has also been named Harrison School for the Arts Teacher of the Year for 2011-12. Previously, Mr. Davis served as Director of Orchestras at Denton High School in Denton, Texas, during which time his orchestra was named first runner-up in the Texas Honor Orchestra Competition. In 2004, Mr. Davis was presented with the Marjorie Keller Young Teacher Award by the Texas chapter of the American String Teachers Association.
As a cellist, Mr. Davis has studied with Lubomir Georgiev, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Helga Winold, Nathaniel Rosen, and Richard Aaron and served as the assistant principal cello of the Tallahassee Symphony. He performed on tour with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra in the United States, Russia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, and in chamber music programs at the Encore School for Strings, the Quartet Program, and the Chautauqua Institute. Mr. Davis is a member of the American String Teachers Association and the Florida Music Educators Association. He currently serves as the All-State Music Committee Chair and District 12 Chair for the Florida Orchestra Association.
Sarah Morrison, Overture Strings Conductor
Sarah Morrison is currently director of the orchestra program at Rochelle School of the Arts in Lakeland, where she teaches second through eighth grade strings, including beginning second and third grade Suzuki Violin, the Amati and Stradivari Orchestras, and the Swinging Strings alternative styles ensemble. Ms. Morrison earned her Master of Music Education and Master of Music in Violin Performance from Florida State University and her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Humanities from Rollins College in Winter Park. Ms. Morrison has also completed her Suzuki Violin Book One Teacher Training at the Atlanta Suzuki Institute. Prior to teaching in Florida, Ms. Morrison directed the orchestras at Crownover Middle School in Denton, Texas, from 2002 to 2006, and served as elementary string specialist in the public schools of Salem, Oregon.
Ms. Morrison is an active all-county orchestra clinician, adjudicator, and presenter in Florida and currently serves as Chair of the Florida Orchestra Association Mentoring Committee. She has been invited to conduct all-county orchestras in Polk, Pinellas, and Collier counties and has recently enjoyed presenting string pedagogy clinics at state conference, including, “Teaching Strong Fundamentals in Beginning Strings Class: It’s All Fun and Games,” “New to Teaching Strings? Great Tips, Ideas, and Strategies,” and “Creative Planning for the Middle School Mindset: Got Imagination?” Under Ms. Morrison’s direction, the Rochelle Swinging Strings were invited to perform at the 2010 FMEA Clinic-Conference.
Ms. Morrison currently teaches on the faculty of the Florida State University Summer Music Camp, where she directs the Chamber Orchestra and Amati/Guaneri Fiddle Ensemble, and has taught on the faculties of the Polk County Youth Symphony, the Stephen F. Austin University Summer Music Program in Nagadoches, Texas, and the Tallahassee Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Ms. Morrison is a violinist and currently enjoys performing with the Imperial Symphony Orchestra of Lakeland. She has also performed as a member of the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Bach Festival Orchestra of Winter Park, and the orchestra of the Opera Theater of Lucca, Italy.
Dr. Mauricio Cespedes, Stringmania Summer Camp Guest Conductor & Prelude Orchestra Conductor
Mauricio Cespedes Rivero was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and started the violin and later the viola with his father Fredy Cespedes, concertmaster of the Bolivian Symphony Orchestra, and his mother Maria Eugenia Rivero, principal cellist of the Bolivian Symphony Orchestra. An active performer, Dr. Cespedes has served as principal violist of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra since 2008. He has acted as principal viola of the Bolivian National Symphony Orchestra, New World School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, Florida State University Orchestra, Lansing Symphony, and Ash Lawn Opera Festival Orchestra in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was assistant principal violist of the Sinfonicum Europae Orchestra in the Millennium Concert at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center with principals of the New York Philharmonic. In 2011, he won the You Tube Symphony Orchestra competition and performed at the Sydney Opera House with Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas. He has collaborated with composers such as Mason Bates, Stella Sung, Ellen Tafte Zwilich (Naxos Recording), and John Williams. Dr. Cespedes holds degrees from New World School of the Arts, Michigan State University, and Florida State University where he obtained his Doctorate degree.
Besides music, Dr. Cespedes holds a degree in Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Management of Protected Areas in Bolivia. He has two younger sisters, Adriana who plays Bass, and Wara who plays violin. He is happily married to his wife, Emily, who plays violin and accompanies him on piano.