– A Christmas Festival – Leroy Anderson
– Dances from the Nutcracker Suite No. 1 – Tchaikovsky
Trepak (Russian Dance)
Waltz of the Flowers
– Fantasia on Greensleeves – Ralph Vaughn Williams
– Christmas at The Movies – arr. Bob Krogstad (Featuring music from Miracle on 34th Street, the Polar Express, Home Alone, Nightmare Before Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
– “By the Beautiful Danube” from Concert Arabesques on motifs of Johann Strauss – Andre Schulz-Evelr/Andrew Gentile
– Auld Lang Syne – Jeffrey Biegel/Andrew Gentile
– “Christmas” from the Peanuts Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Grammy winner, Dick Tunney
– Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson
– and more Holiday Favorites!
A native of Buffalo, New York, Hayden Denesha is a passionate conductor known for his intensity and his dedication to the education of audiences and young musicians. Presently, Hayden serves as Associate Conductor to the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra and as an Assistant Conductor for the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Most recently, Hayden served as Assistant Conductor and Youth Orchestra Conductor for the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra where he led professional children’s concerts, served as the orchestras primary cover conductor, and helped grow its Youth Orchestra program into one of the largest in the state of South Carolina. Hayden has also enjoyed academic appointments such as Assistant Conductor for the University of South Carolina Opera and Assistant Conductor of Orchestras and Opera for the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Hayden has trained at numerous music festivals as a student as well as serving as an assistant conductor. These institutions have included the Pierre Monteux School, Miami Summer Music Festival, PRISMA Festival in Western Canada, Conductor’s Institute at Bard, and Conductors Institute of South Carolina. As an advocate for contemporary programming, Hayden has premiered numerous commissions and has extensive experience working with new media. He is also one of the few conductors in the world trained in accompanying silent films with live orchestra.
Hayden is presently a conducting student of Marin Alsop at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University where he is a candidate for the Graduate Performance Diploma in Orchestral Conducting. Hayden is also a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Orchestral Conducting at the University of South Carolina under the direction of Scott Weiss. Hayden’s additional conducting teachers have included Joseph Young, Markus Stenz, David Rudge and Grezgorz Nowak. Notable collaborations for Hayden have included artists such as Jennifer Higdon, Robert Moran, Dennis James and Rachel Lee-Priday.
In addition to the studies above, Hayden holds undergraduate degrees from the State University of New York at Fredonia in Music Education and Viola as well as a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting. Outside of conducting, Hayden is equally at home as a performer on viola having previously held section positions in the South Carolina Philharmonic, Aiken Symphony Orchestra, and the Carolina Ballet. He presently resides in Baltimore, MD, with his fiancée Mary Kate and is an avid Buffalo Bills fan.