A native of Buffalo, New York, Hayden Denesha comes to the Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra after most recently serving as an Assistant Conductor/Youth Orchestra Director for the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. While serving in this role, Mr. Denesha worked with one of South Carolina's largest youth orchestra programs, conducts children's concerts, and was the South Carolina Philharmonic's primary cover conductor. In addition, Mr. Denesha presently works as a Graduate Assistant Conductor for the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University.
Mr. Denesha has served as the Assistant Conductor of Orchestras and Opera at the State University of New York at Fredonia and Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra working alongside RHSO Music Director David Rudge. He has also worked as the Assistant Conductor at the Miami Summer Music Festival, PRISMA Festival in Western Canada, and maintains an active guest conducting schedule.
Currently, Mr. Denesha is a conducting student of Marin Alsop (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) and is a candidate for the Graduate Performance Diploma in Conducting at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He is also a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting at the University of South Carolina under the instruction of Scott Weiss. His past conducting teachers have included David Rudge, Donald Portnoy, Grezgorz Nowak, Michael Jinbo, and Samuel Jones. He has collaborated with notable artists such as Jennifer Higdon, Robert Moran, Rachel Lee-Priday, and Dennis James. Equally at home as a performer on viola, Mr. Denesha has held section positions in the South Carolina Philharmonic, Aiken Symphony Orchestra, and Western New York Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Denesha received his Bachelors of Music Degrees in Music Education and Viola Performance, as well as a Master of Music Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
Mr. Denesha currently resides in Columbia, Maryland with his fiancé, Mary Kate. In his free time, he enjoys rooting for Buffalo Bills football, exploring all that the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area has to offer, and remains a strong advocate for Music Education.
Auditions for sub and section positions for all instruments will be held on
September 7, 2018.
First movement of a major concerto
3 standard orchestral excerpts
A one (1) page resume clearly marked with AUDITION, SEPT 2018 must be received by August 1, 2018. The application and additional information will be sent after your resume is received. Please send via email or US Postal Service to Audition Coordinator at:
Mail: RHSO PO Box 542 Rock Hill, SC 29731.
If invited to audition, a $75 deposit is required to secure an audition time (check made payable to Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra, refunded at time of audition or if notice of cancellation is received by September 1, 2018). Please do not send this check with your resume.
The Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an employer with zero tolerance for discrimination or harassment in the workplace.
William Terwilliger, Concertmaster
Harriet and Martin Goode Chair
Essena Setaro, Associate Concertmaster
Shr-Han Wu, Senior Assistant Concertmaster
Sarah Land, Assistant Concertmaster
Catherine Hazan, Principal Second
Joanna Mulfinger Lebo
Emily Schaad, Principal
Daniel Mumm, Principal
Craig Butterfield, Principal
Caroline Ulrich, Principal
Brian Seaton, Principal
Taylor Massey, Principal
Michael Harley, Principal
Andrew Fierova, Principal
James Ackley, Principal
Wes Lebo, Principal
Eric Henson, Bass Trombone
Daniel Kirkpatrick, Principal
Scott Herring, Principal