Salem-Keizer Middle Schools in association with Friends of Music present the All-City Honor Concert featuring student choir, orchestra and band performances.

Event details

  • Date: Saturday, January 28 at 7 p.m.
  • Location: North Salem High School Auditorium
  • Tickets are available at the door, and are $10 per adult, $5 for students, $8 for seniors, with children under 5 free

About this year’s directors

Choir

Sydney Guilliaume is originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti and currently resides in Portland, Oregon working full-time as a composer, conductor, and clinician.

His recent activities as conductor include the 2022 Georgia All-State Senior Treble Choir, the 2019 Florida All-State Middle School Treble Chorus, the 34th annual Idaho State University Choral Invitational Festival, the 2018 Maine All-State High School Mixed Chorus, an all-Guillaume concert at the Lincoln Center in NYC, and concerts with the Imbroglio Sextet at Carnegie Hall and at the 2018 ISME World Conference in Azerbaijan.

Guillaume also writes film music including original film and documentary scores for the Los Angeles-based company Loyola Productions. Sydney Guillaume’s choral compositions are known to be intricate, challenging, highly spirited and have been performed around the world.

Orchestra

James Ray maintains an active and varied career as an educator, conductor, and violinist based in the Pacific Northwest.

He serves on the faculty of Western Washington University, teaching coursework in instrumental music education and music theory and directs the WWU String Sinfonia. A National Board-Certified Teacher, Dr. Ray served for twelve years as a school orchestra director, most recently of award-winning orchestras at Port Angeles High School in Washington state.

He remains widely sought after as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor throughout the Pacific Northwest. His scholarship includes peer-reviewed articles in American String Teacher and the Journal of Research in Music Education, and he has presented at the American String Teachers Association national conference.

Dr. Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Central Washington University, a master’s degree in secondary teaching from Western Oregon University, and a doctorate in music education from Boston University.

Band

Dr. Dennis Llinás serves as Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at the University of Oregon where he oversees the Department of Bands, conducts the Oregon Wind Ensemble, teaches conducting and wind literature.

Prior to his appointment at the University of Oregon, Dr. Llinás was the Associate Director of Bands at Louisiana State University where his responsibilities included conducting the LSU Symphonic Winds, teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting, and directing the Tiger Band.

As a conductor and clinician, Llinás has conducted the Dallas Winds, World Youth Wind Orchestra Project in Austria, Universidad de Bellas Artes in Colombia, conducted honor bands throughout the US, and presented at conferences including WASBE, The Midwest Clinic, TMEA, FMEA, LMEA, and OMEA.

As a composer, Llinás has compositions that have received performances at the Midwest Clinic and the National Music for All festival as well as others recorded on Summit Records by Mark Hetzler, and performed by musicians from the Strasbourg Conservatory in France, Dallas Winds, and other universities and high schools throughout the US. Llinás earned degrees from Florida International University and The University of Texas at Austin.