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Nov. 4, 2010/For Immediate Release / Matt Troy photo available upon request
Media Contact: Marla Carpenter, 336-770-3337, carpem@uncsa.edu




Under Direction of Guest Conductor Matthew Troy, Assistant Conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony

WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Symphony Orchestra will perform under the direction of guest conductor Matthew Troy, assistant conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem.

The program includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Ranjibaran’s Seven Passages.  In addition, the concert features UNCSA’s Concerto Competition winner Benjamin Robinette performing Tomasi’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students (with a valid student ID), plus a $1 facility usage fee. For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.

Matt Troy

Matthew Troy
The 2010–11 season is Matthew Thomas Troy’s third season as assistant conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony (WSS), where he is also education director and music director of the Youth Symphony. Troy was recently named education conductor of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, where he will conduct the Discovery and Educational Concert Series. 

Troy has led the Youth Symphony to a higher level of artistic excellence and will open the 2010–11 season with a world premiere.  He is excited to conduct Pops, Discovery, Side-by-Side, Education, Holiday Pops, and Youth Symphony concerts during the 2010–11 season. 

Previous positions include conductor of the Fibonacci Chamber, Wake Forest University, and Salisbury Youth orchestras.  He has also served as assistant conductor of the Salisbury and University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) symphony orchestras.  Troy has conducted performances with many internationally renowned soloists, including Midori, Anthony Dean Griffey, and Eileen Ivers.  Last season, Maestro Troy stepped in to conduct an inspiring performance of Handel’s Messiah with the WSS and the Messiah Festival Chorus with only 12 hours’ notice.

Troy is a passionate advocate for music education and, as a viola/violin faculty member at the Music Academy of North Carolina, received awards for teaching excellence.  He is a frequent conductor/ clinician and has led numerous high school and middle school All-State and All-County clinics throughout North Carolina. In 2010, Troy created an innovative educational program that partnered the WSS with the San Francisco-based African Library Project.  This program, created in conjunction with the popular Mary Starling Educational concerts, used music and a corresponding short story competition to focus on the importance of literacy both locally and abroad. Through this program, the WSS raised more than 50,000 books to start 50 new libraries for schools in Botswana, and provided three students in Winston-Salem with new violins and music lessons.  The success of this program led the League of American Orchestras to invite Troy be a presenter at the organization’s conference in Atlanta in June 2010. 

Maestro Troy maintains an active guest conducting schedule and has led performances with the Portland and Greensboro symphony orchestras, Carolina Chamber Symphony, Kensington Consort, Philharmonia of Greensboro, Gate City Camerata, and the Triad Chamber Music Society. 

Matthew Troy earned a bachelor’s degree in music at UNCG, where he also completed his master’s degree in orchestral conducting as a student of Maestro Robert Gutter.  He has studied at the prestigious Pierre Monteux School under Maestro Michael Jinbo, with renowned conducting pedagogues Maestro Gerard Schwarz and Maestro Kenneth Kiesler at the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, and competed in the Jordania International Conducting Competition.

Troy maintains an active public speaking schedule, and is a member of the Conductors Guild, LAO, and the Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Music Society. 

Benjamin Robinette
Ben Robinette is currently in his second year of graduate studies in Saxophone Performance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he serves as the teaching assistant to Professor Taimur Sullivan. He began his studies in 1999 with Dr. Timothy Roberts, principal saxophonist of the United States Navy Band, and continued his studies at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville under Dr. Connie Frigo. He graduated from UTK in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance.

At The University of Tennessee, he twice won the university’s concerto competition, received the School of Music's award for woodwind performance excellence three times in a row, and was awarded several outside performance scholarships. Cultivating performer/composer relationships at UTK also resulted in a large-scale soprano saxophone concerto being written for him by one of the school’s most talented student composers. Robinette was also a founding member and the soprano saxophonist of the award-winning (and locally popular!) Four-T-Tude Saxophone Quartet, which represented the UTK School of Music as one of their ambassadorial chamber ensembles. His performance interests became widely variegated during his last two years in Knoxville, with performances of Romanian brass band music and transcriptions of late Romantic and early 20th century clarinet music weaving their way into his repertory.

In January of 2009, Robinette auditioned for the United States Navy Band, and was selected as one of six national finalists. His final performance at UTK involved collaboration with the dance department in a new work for dancers, solo saxophone, and boombox. At UNCSA he has established a strong chamber music presence, collaborating with his peers to form a saxophone quartet while also making use of a long-standing love of the music of English composer Sir Arnold Bax to start a regularly performing trio of saxophone, violin, and piano—the Bax Trio. During his first year at UNCSA, Robinette also won the North Carolina state division of the MTNA Young Artists’ solo competition as well as the UNCSA Concerto Competition. With a particular interest in the art of the transcription, he has adapted several works for saxophone that were originally written for violin, clarinet, viola, oboe, and other instruments. Other recent undertakings of his include a joint recital program with Connie Frigo and former UTK colleagues highlighting antiphonal arrangements of Dutch composer Jacob ter Veldhuis's popular “boombox” music for saxophones, and anticipated study of the matepe mbira in Zimbabwe in the summer of 2011 with Chaka Chawasarira.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.