Mentor Feature: Deyanira “DeeDee” Chavez

Mentor Feature: Deyanira “DeeDee” Chavez

Kids’ Orchestra Mentors oversee the care of all of our students. They are responsible for the operation of the site and oversee arrival, snack, homework and dismissal time. Meet Deyanira “DeeDee” Chavez! DeeDee has been a mentor with Kids’ Orchestra for three years and currently serves are mentor at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet and Bernard Terrace Elementary. Tell us about YOU! My name is Deyanira Chavez, better known as DeeDee (most people can’t pronounce my first name). I was born and raised in Texas and played clarinet in the school band from 6th through 12th grade. I have lived here in Louisiana for 5 years now. I am a proud mother of four musically talented and intelligent teen girls. Yes, four girls, so never a dull moment in my house. Jasmine,18, has played violin, piano, and guitar, Haley, 15, plays trumpet, and my twins Kassidy, 13, plays saxophone and piano, and Kaitlyn,13,

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Kids’ Orchestra hosts Professional Development Workshop for Teaching Artists

Dr. Melissa Brunkan, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Louisiana State University, led the Professional Development workshop for the Kids’ Orchestra teaching artists on Saturday, January 16th. The focus of the workshop was child development and the relationships to music, developmental theories, differentiated instruction, and classroom management strategies. Teaching artists participated in group discussions, musically driven activities, and team building exercises. The workshop was held at St. James Place in the DuPlantier Commons.   Melissa C. Brunkan, Assistant Professor of Music Education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA holds degrees from the University of Minnesota (B.M., music education, choral conducting), Northwestern University (M.Mus., vocal performance/pedagogy), and The University of Kansas (Ph.D., music education). Prior to her work at Louisiana State University, she taught in public and private schools in the Minneapolis/St, Paul, Milwaukee, and Chicago areas for twelve years, teaching students from pre-K through adult with an emphasis

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January Staff Spotlight: Louie Eckhardt

Congratulations, Louie! Louie currently serves as Program Director at Kids’ Orchestra and previously taught trumpet to students in the program. Dr. Louie Eckhardt is a freelance trumpet player in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas, specializing in orchestral music, chamber music, and early music. He currently serves as a member of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and the Chimes Street Brass Quintet. He also appears regularly with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Dr. Eckhardt has held principal trumpet positions in the Kearney Symphony Orchestra, Hastings Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble. He was first trumpet and manager of the Cathedral Brass Quintet, greater Nebraska’s premier brass ensemble. He has also performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Brass Quintet, Nittany Valley Symphony Orchestra, and the Altoona Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Eckhardt has performed with the

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November Staff Spotlight: Jovan Zivkovic

Jovan Zivkovic joined Kids’ Orchestra in September 2013 as an orchestra conductor and currently serves as Artistic Director. Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Jovan Zivkovic holds a doctoral degree in Orchestral Conducting from Louisiana State University. He currently holds the position of Director of Orchestras at Kids Orchestra in Baton Rouge and is the Conductor of Marigny Opera House in New Orleans and the Assistant Conductor of Louisiana Sinfonietta. Jovan received his musical training at the University of Arts in Belgrade, where he obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree in Conducting. His professors include Stanko Sepic, Jorma Panula, Uros Lajovic, Julian Shew, Eugene Sirotkine, and Carlos Riazuelo. He has attended masterclasses with Dorian Wilson, Lutz Koehler, Peter Ettrup Larsen , James Setapen, Gustav Meier, Jorge Mester, JoAnn Falletta, Marcus Lehtinen, Victor Yampolsky and Erin Freeman among others. He has also been nominated for numerous awards including the prestigious Conductors Guild 2011

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