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Michael Slon, Music Director

Michael Slon, Music Director of the Oratorio Society of Virginia

Michael Slon

 

Active as a conductor of choral, orchestral, and operatic repertoire, Michael Slon has served as Music Director of the Oratorio Society of Virginia since 2011. In that time, he has created a series of new artistic partnerships with the chorus, including a 2014 semi-staged production of Bernstein's Candide with Ash Lawn (now Charlottesville) Opera, performances with the Roanoke Symphony, Staunton Music Festival, Charlottesville Ballet, and regional youth choruses, an Adolphus Hailstork-Rita Dove commission for the group's 50th anniversary, and a “Together in Song” community event to benefit local charities. He is also Associate Professor and Director of Choral Music at the University of Virginia, where he conducts the University Singers, UVA Chamber Singers and also guest conducts the Charlottesville Symphony. Having led the Singers and Symphony in a gala performance in front of 20,000 for UVA's 2017 Bicentennial Launch Celebration (which included Copland's Appalachian Spring with the Martha Graham Dance Company, and was recently featured on regional PBS), he and the Singers presented the regional premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass at UVA in fall 2018.  His UVA ensembles have also performed for composer Philip Glass, and the creators of Les Miserables during their UVA residencies, and taken a two-week European concert tour. Recent repertoire with the choruses has included Bach's St. John Passion, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, Mozart's Mass in C minor, Verdi's Requiem and La traviata, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, and a range of shorter a cappella and accompanied works.

His opera and musical theatre engagements have included a production of Stephen Paulus's The Three Hermits with Buffalo's Opera Sacra, regional premieres of Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George and Guettel's The Light in the Piazza with the Heritage Theatre Festival, South Pacific and The Magic Flute with Ash Lawn Opera, and Into the Woods and Bernstein's Mass at Indiana University. While serving as Interim Director of the Charlottesville Symphony, he led works including Mahler's Symphony No. 4 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, and in 2005, also co-created the University Singers-Symphony Family Holiday Concerts. He has also participated as an artist with the Staunton Music Festival, Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, and Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival, and as a musician committed to the education of young musicians, remains active as a guest conductor for honors choirs and orchestras.

Prior to UVA, he served as visiting conducting faculty at the Oberlin Conservatory, and assistant conductor of the Cornell University choruses and Cincinnati's May Festival Chorus, where he prepared and co-prepared choruses for concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. His ensembles have worked with artists including Moses Hogan, Bobby McFerrin, Meredith Monk, Peter Phillips, and Franz Welser-MÜst, and commissioned composers including Stephen Paulus, Forrest Pierce, Adolphus Hailstork, Eric Whitacre, and Judith Shatin. Also a pianist, composer, and writer, Dr. Slon holds degrees from the Indiana University School of Music and Cornell University. His first book, Songs from the Hill has been cited in a variety of other publications, and his work on Leonard Bernstein has recently appeared in the Choral Journal and also won the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Julius Herford Prize. As a composer, he has recently had work presented by the Vocalis Chamber Choir in concert at NYC's Merkin Hall, and at the 2018 ACDA Eastern Convention.

Rowena Pinto Zimmermann, Executive Director

Rowena Pinto Zimmermann, Executive Director

Rowena Pinto Zimmermann serves as the Executive Director of the Oratorio Society of Virginia. Ms. Zimmermann has a master’s degree in Public Policy and earned her undergraduate degree in English and Economics from The College of William and Mary. Over the course of her career, she has acquired extensive experience in program evaluation and public relations. Her long history with volunteer management and board work positions her to help the Oratorio Society sustain its business and administrative functions. We look forward to her insight and guidance as we embark on our next 50 years as an organization.



Daniel Hine, Accompanist

Daniel Hine, Accompanist of The Oratorio Society of Virginia Daniel Hine, pianist, violist, and lyric baritone, joined The Oratorio Society as rehearsal accompanist in 2004, with 14 years' experience as an accompanist and performer in New Jersey, Italy, and Virginia. A graduate of Charlottesville High School and Westminster Choir College, he studied piano with Yvaine Duisit, piano pedagogy with Ingrid Clarfield, voice with Elem Ely, and viola with Kari Caplin. For three years he was a leader in the internationally renowned Westminster Concert Bell Choir. Mr. Hine currently serves as Director of Music at St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville and as the accompanist for both The Oratorio Society and the Virginia Glee Club. In addition, he has recently collaborated with the University Singers, the Wellesley College Choir, Opera Viva, Ash Lawn Opera Theatre, and Operafestival di Roma.

Johanna Beaver, Orchestra Personnel Manager

Johanna Beaver, Orchestra
Personnel Manager of The Oratorio Society of Virginia Violist Johanna Beaver holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she was a student of Katherine Murdock and Mitchell Stern.

Since moving to Charlottesville in 2005, Johanna has played with The Oratorio Society of Virginia, Charlottesville Chamber Orchestra, and The Afton String Quartet. She also plays in the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and is a frequent substitute in the viola section of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Johanna has been on faculty at the University of Virginia, Interlochen Arts Camp, Opus 118 Violin Program in New York, and at the Stony Brook Pre-college.

Johanna is currently a member of the faculty at the University of Mary Washington and teaches private lessons from her studio at home in Charlottesville. Johanna is thrilled to be the Orchestra Personnel Manager for The Oratorio Society of Virginia!