Mill Creek High School Concert Orchestra

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Date:  2 janvier 2018 20:00

Lieu: American Cathedral in Paris  |  Ville: Paris, France

Mill Creek High School Concert Orchestra, under the direction of Ms. Dana Ballard & Ms. Victoria Brown 

( program details )

 The Concert Orchestra, from Georgia, USA,  is composed of students aged 14-18 from Mill Creek High School who have met after school hours and have dedicated their personal time to learning the music they are going to be performing at the American Cathedral on the 2nd January.  They are most proud to be announcing that included in their programme will be a world premiere of a piece called Adoro Te Devote by composer Richard Burchard which he has written specifically for this performance. It is a melody by St. Thomas Aquinas set for a string orchestra. Today the Mill Creek orchestra program consists of 250 students. In recent years, the Mill Creek Orchestra has travelled throughout Europe, and successfully competed in various festivals throughout the United States of America, including in April 2015, they earnt the Festival Disney Gold Award.



Ms. Ballard earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Performance in cello from the University of Louisville, in Louisville, Kentucky; a Master’s Degree in Music, Performance from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and received her Teaching Certification and completed coursework for her Ph.D. in Music Education, with a Minor in Special Education, from Louisiana State University.MsDanaBallard

Prior to moving to Georgia, Ms. Ballard taught in public schools in Louisiana and Kentucky, and founded string programmes in Russellville, Kentucky, and Jasper, Indiana.  She has presented workshops and research at regional and national conferences and is active as a clinician for county and regional honours orchestras as well as festivals and workshops.

Her awards in teaching include the Lighthouse Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Kentucky Council for Arts Education C.R.E.A.T.E. Award, finalist for Teacher of the Year at Hull Middle School, Duluth High School Teacher of the Year, Gwinnett County High School Teacher of the Year, and Gwinnett County Teacher of the Year.

Ms. Ballard is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and the American String Teachers Association.  She is also listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.




Ms. Victoria Brown earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, and is currently completing course work towards a Master’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia.

Currently in her third year of teaching, Ms. Brown began her teaching during her undergraduate coursework as a member of the University of Georgia String Project, in which undergraduate students teach string instrument performance to local Athens communities as part of an after-school collaboration. Ms. Brown has performed as a violist in the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Gwinnett Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Brown is a member of the Georgia Music Educators Association and the American String Teachers Association. As a violist and violinist, Ms. Brown performs at weddings and events, as well as film productions through Etude Entertainment in the metro Atlanta area. Ms. Brown is active as a clinician for county and regional honours orchestras as well as workshops.




Antonio Vivaldi - Allegro from concerto for two trumpets (Arr. Joseph J. Phillips)

Richard Burchard - Adoro Te Devote 
                         Soloist Pratik Chaudhari
             Commissioned by the Mill Creek High School Orchestra, premiere performance

 Arcangelo Corelli - Christmas Concerto Op. 6, No. 8  (Arr. Sandra Dackow)

 French Carol - Angels We Have Heard On High

         Performed by the Mill Creek High School Cello Choir  (Arr. Larry Clark)

 Sammy Cahn - Let it Snow ( Arr. John Caponegro)


George Frideric Handel - Sarabande from Suite No. 4 (Arr. Theldon Myers)

 Edmund Siennicki - Baroque Fugue 


George Frideric Handel - Entrance of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon 

           Performed by the Mill Creek High School Chamber Orchestra  (Arr. H. B. Fisher)

 Scottish Folk Song - Auld Lang Syne

          Performed by the Mill Creek High School Cello Choir (Arr. Larry Clark)

 Georg Phillip Telemann - Sinfonia from the Trio in A minor (Arr. Robert Brown)



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