An extension of Davis highschool orchestral program, the DHS Baroque Ensemble was the first group of its kind at the High School level in the USA. It has been featured in several national publications including “Symphony Magazine-Online,” “Early Music Magazine,” “Strings Magazine,” “Teaching Music Magazine,” and the “California Music Educators Association-Online” for its unique nature and the model it represents for what is possible in the development of other public music programs
Angelo Moreno, director
The DHS Orchestras Director, Angelo Moreno, is a graduate of UC Davis where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Orchestral Conducting under the direction of Dr. D. Kern Holoman. He also received his Teaching Credential in Music Education from Sacramento State University.
Mr. Moreno, Director of the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Academic Orchestra, began conducting with SYS in the Fall of 2002. In addition to his youth symphony work, Mr. Moreno has been directing the Davis Schools Secondary Orchestras since 2000. He was Orchestra Director at Emerson Junior High and is currently the director of the Davis Senior High and Holmes Junior High School Orchestra Programs. In 2005, Mr. Moreno was awarded the “Teacher of the Year Award” presented by the CSUS College of Education in recognition of outstanding service to public education. In 2006, he was honored by State Assemblywoman Lois Wolk and given a resolution from the California Legislature recognizing his work in music education. In 2009, The Sacramento News & Review honored Mr. Moreno at the “Jammies” Concert with the “Sacramento Music Educators Outstanding Achievement Award”.
Mr. Moreno has been featured in several national and local area publications å “Symphony Magazine-Online”-2010, “Early Music Magazine”-2010, “Strings Magazine” 2010 and 2012, San Francisco Classical Voice- 2010, In-Tune Magazine- 2010, CMEA Teaching Music Magazine -2010, and the “California Music Educators Association-Online”-2010, for his development of the DHS Baroque Ensemble which is the first group of its kind at the High School level in the country. In addition, Down Beat Magazine 2010 recognized Mr. Moreno and his Combined Junior High Advanced Orchestra as “Best Classical Ensemble” at the junior high level in a nationwide search. As well, Down Beat Magazine 2011 recognized Mr. Moreno and the Davis Senior High School Symphony Orchestra as “Best Classical Ensemble” at the high school level in a nationwide search.In the fall of 2011, Mr. Moreno was given the “Harmony in Our Lives Award” for excellence in music education by the Davis Schools Arts Foundation.
In addition to conducting, Mr. Moreno is a professional violinist with an active private teaching studio in Woodland, CA. When not musically preoccupied, Mr. Moreno values spending free time with his wife Scherezada and two daughters Giavanna and Dchenin.