TROY - One Troy University student vows to represent his university well when he travels to Cincinnati, Ohio to perform with the International Youth Wind Orchestra.
Daniel Arute, a senior music education major from Dothan and a Northside Methodist Academy graduate, auditioned and was selected to be one of just 50 musicians by a panel judges to participate in the 2009 orchestra.
“It is truly an honor to be selected to perform in the prestigious ensemble. I am looking forward to representing Troy University and the John M. Long School of Music,” he said.
The orchestra began in 1987 at the 3rd World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles International Conference held at Boston University. Since then, the group has performed all over the world in such locations as Sydney, Australia, Valencia, Spain, and Luzern, Switzerland, under conductors such as Karel Husa, Yasuhide Ito and Johann Mosenbichler.
“To know that I will have the chance to play high quality literature under the direction of world class conductors is an amazing feeling,” Arute said. “This is an experience I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Arute is a seasoned musician, having performed with orchestras including the Northwest Florida Philharmonic, Northwest Florida Symphony and Music South Symphony Orchestra being a few. Arute also has teaching experience, serving as a brass instructor to several area high school bands during past summer semesters. He is the trumpet section leader of TROY’s Sound of the South Marching Band and is first-chair trumpet in the Troy University Symphony Orchestra Band.
In addition, while at TROY Arute has also performed as a member of the University’s Brass Quintet and Trumpet Ensemble, where he has performed as first trumpet on two International Trumpet Guild Conference performances.
“Daniel sets the standard as a student and an aspiring performer. He leads by example and is extremely dedicated to his future profession,” said Director of Bands Ralph Ford. “Being chosen among so many students says a lot about Daniel, and, with his work ethic, he will be very successful.”
Dr. James Zingara, an associate professor in the School of Music and the school’s trumpet professor, said Arute’s experiences will have an impact not only Arute, but on TROY students as well.
“He’s going to learn a lot and bring a little bit of TROY to the International Youth Wind Orchestra, and he’s going to bring a lot of the world back to TROY – that’s what we want, the sharing of ideas,” said Zingara, who has taught Arute for his four years at the University and two years in high school when Arute performed with the Dothan Community Symphony Band.
“Daniel has worked exceptionally hard and has been one of my best students, and this is a way he can step out on another stage and experience great music under great conductors,” he said. “He’ll get new ideas, help other students learn and give them great motivation as well.”
The conference is slated for July 5-11 and will be attended by conductors, composer, performers, publishers and teachers from all over. The conference will include performances by some the top wind bands and ensembles from throughout the world.