The Winston-Salem Symphony has named Jessica Morel assistant conductor effective August 24. Prior to joining the Winston-Salem Symphony, Morel served as visiting assistant professor and director of orchestral activities at the University of Evansville, Indiana, and conductor for the Lollipops Concert Series with the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.
Morel previously was the assistant conductor for the 2015 Hot Springs Music Festival, assistant conductor for the Lewisville Lake Symphony Orchestra, apprentice conductor with the Plano and Irving Symphony Orchestras, opera conductor at Texas Woman’s University, and graduate assistant conductor at the University of North Texas.
She was named a winner of the 2014 International Conductors Workshop and Competition and was selected as a nominee for the Conductor’s Guild Thelma A. Robinson Scholarship Award in 2013. Additionally, Morel has been invited to serve as a guest conductor for orchestras such as the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gwinnett Chamber Symphony Orchestra, and the Dallas Asian American Youth Orchestra.
A native of Los Angeles, Morel received a Bachelor’s in Music Education degree from Indiana University, where she studied flute with Kathryn Lukas. She received her Master’s in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with Taras Krysa, and is working toward completion of her Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting (ABD) at the University of North Texas, where she studied with David Itkin and Clay Couturiaux.
Morel has received instruction from many world-renowned conductors, including Alan Gilbert, Marin Alsop, Gerard Schwarz, Peter Bay, Arthur Arnold, David Amado, and Jorge Mester. She has attended the Eastern Music Festival, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy, the Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Atlantic Music Festival.
Margaret Rehder has been the Youth Philharmonic Music Director since 1999. Since 1984 she has led the orchestra programs at Reynolds High School and Wiley Middle School, and she has played with the Winston-Salem Symphony since 1979. She holds degrees in violin performance from Meredith College (B.M.) and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (M.M.).
Fabrice Dharamraj, conductor of the Premiere Strings, holds a B.M. from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, (UNCSA) where he studied with Elaine Richey. He continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) receiving an M.M. with Linda Cerone, has taken Doctoral music classes at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) with Dr. John Fadial and education courses at Western Carolina University (WCU). Performing engagements include Associate Concertmaster of the Greensboro Symphony, Principal Second Violin of the Winston-Salem Symphony and frequent performances with many other ensembles in the region including the North Carolina Symphony. As a teacher, Fabrice is currently on the faculty of Wake Forest University, an instructor at St. Mary’s Music Academy in High Point, NC and Arts at Grace Episcopal in Lexington, NC. In August 2010, Mr. Dharamraj will become the orchestra and choir teacher at Paisley Middle School in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public School system. Previous teaching positions include Old Town Elementary; 6th grade, Jefferson Middle; 3rd and 4th grade, Diggs Elementary; the Community Music School of (UNCSA), Salem College Community Music School, Appalachian State University, Elon University, and the After School Strings Program of the Salisbury Symphony/Rowan County Public Schools.