Master Players Concert Series


2014 Delaware Honors Orchestra Festival


2014 Delaware Senior String Competition

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UD Department of Music  •  Amy E. DuPont Music Building  •  Newark, DE 19716  •  USA

Phone: 302.831.2850  Fax: 302.831.3589 Email: MASTERPLAYERS@UDEL.EDU Box office 302.831.2204

The Delaware Honors Orchestra Festival and the Delaware Senior Solo Showcase Competition presented by the UD Master Players Concert Series(MPCS), provides an opportunity for young string players studying in Delaware or with a Delaware private teacher to participate in a similar event while Delaware All State Orchestra is postponed to 2015. MPCS is collaborating with the UD Community Music School, and music educators in the area to present the 2014 Delaware Honors Orchestra Festival and Delaware Senior Solo Showcase Competition for the young musicians to audition, rehearse and perform in this top quality youth orchestra under the artistic direction of UD faculty conductor, Maestro James Anderson. The concert will be presented by MPCS, on Sunday February 2, 2014 at 3pm in Mitchell Hall.

MPCS is committed to promoting music education while transforming the way music is experienced in the tri-state area. Please click here to learn about MPCS 13-14 season School Program offerings.


"Destined to make his mark in a highly competitive field in which many are called but few are chosen."

John W. Lambert, The Spectator

"Ovation after ovation rang from the standing audience, growing louder and louder as the leading ballerinas came forward. But when the conductor was led onto the stage, the roar rivaled that of the music he had led."

Kate Dobbs Ariail, Classical Voice of North Carolina

James Allen Anderson is the Director of Orchestral Activities and Music Director of the University of Delaware’s Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Theatre. He received his formal training as conductor and pianist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. His principal conducting mentors include David Effron, Mark Gibson, Tonu Kalam, Pierre Hetu and Otto Werner-Mueller, with studies in piano under Michael Zenge and Francis Whang.

Maestro Anderson has served as Music Director of the Butte Symphony Association and Director of Orchestral Activities at Appalachian State University and the University of Montana. He has held positions with the Eastman Opera Theatre, Triangle Opera (NC), Theater on the Ridge (NY), and the Pauper Players Theatre Company (NC).  He is in demand as a guest conductor, having worked with ensembles in North and South America, Europe and Asia.  He remains committed to a variety of outreach projects and is a frequent adjudicator and clinician on both the state and national levels.

His enthusiasm for new music developed early in his career and led to collaborations with notable composers such as Michael Daugherty, Libby Larsen, Joseph Schwantner, Augusta Read Thomas, David Liptak and Robert Moore. In 1997, as part of Eastman's 75th anniversary, Mr. Anderson was selected to conduct the world premiere performance of the newly revised Overture in Praise of Folly by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker. This commitment to new music endures, with recent world premiere performances of works by William Harbinson (Of Fire and Ice), David Maslanka (11:11 A Dance at the Edge of the World, Symphony No. 6 “Living Earth”; A Child’s Garden of Dreams: Book 2) and Daniel Bukvich (The Glittering Hill).  Recordings are available under the Albany Records label.

Maestro Anderson was a finalist in the 2010 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting and Performance.  He received the 2005 Miriam Cannon Hayes School of Music Outstanding Teaching Award.  In 2003, he was selected by the American Symphony Orchestra League to participate in the National Conductor Preview with the Jacksonville Symphony (FL). This program showcased eight conductors that had been “carefully chosen for their talent, accomplishments, and qualifications, who are ready to assume important professional conducting responsibilities with American orchestras.” In 2001, he competed in the first Vakhtang Jordania/New Millennium International Conducting Competition in Kharkov, Ukraine and was a Third-Round diploma laureate and major prize winner.

Mr. Anderson serves on the Board of Directors of the Conductors Guild, the only music service organization devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art of conducting and to serving the artistic and professional needs of conductors; representing over 1,600 members in all fifty United States and more than thirty other countries.  He currently holds the position of Immediate Past President.

2014 DHOF guest conductor

Maestro James Allen Anderson

Director of University of Delaware Orchestral Activities