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2014 Workshop Ensemble Directors Announced

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Detroit (November 15, 2013) – AVANTI Summer MusicFest is fortunate to have secured outstanding local talent for its 2014 Workshop.

Jonathan Glawe will be joining AVANTI as Orchestra Director and is currently Director of Orchestras at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor.  During his tenure at Pioneer H.S., the Music Department was honored as one of the top 3 music programs in the nation in 2010 and earned the honor of being the National GRAMMY Signature School in 2011.  “I am looking forward to working with the student musicians of the 2014 AVANTI Summer Music Fest!” says Jonathan.  “What a unique experience it is for these young musicians to be coached by and perform with members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.”

Wendy Matthews is Assistant Professor of Music Education at Wayne State University and will be joining AVANTI as Symphonic Band Director.  She has served as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator in Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Wendy’s research on motivation and music learning has been presented at national and international conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.  “Music summer camps have been some of the best experiences in my life and I am eager to share in that experience as part of AVANTI,” says Wendy.

Kevin Dewey, Director of Choirs at Henry Ford Community College will be joining AVANTI for the third time and will provide additional training for students as part of the AVANTI Massed Chorus.  He has been conducting Detroit area choirs for three decades and also brings to the podium experience as a professional vocal and instrumental performer, composer, and arranger.  Holding degrees from Wayne State University, Kevin says “I’m very excited at the prospect of working with the fine young musicians of AVANTI once again!  It’s always amazing to see and hear the level they can attain chorally, especially considering they all come to AVANTI as instrumental musicians.”

“We’re fortunate to have secured these very talented and experienced music educators to join AVANTI’s 2014 staff,” said Shelley Heron, DSO oboist and AVANTI Workshop Director.  “Workshop planning is well underway and we are headed into another exciting summer of music making.”

AVANTI will begin accepting applications December 6, 2013, from music students aged 13-18 that can be filed on-line or downloaded at  Tuition for the six-day workshop, July 21 – 26, is $350 and participating students will receive a free pass to all Festival concerts performed by DSO musicians.  Enrollment for 2014 is limited to 200 students and applicants are accepted in the order they apply.  DSO Musicians have again contributed $5,000 in financial aid for those students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend.

Conceived by The Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and collaboratively developed and supported by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Save Our Symphony, AVANTI Summer MusicFest brings the absolute best in classical music performance and instruction to Metro Detroit.

For more information please contact Shelley Heron at 313-530-5118 or

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