Hayden Denesha, Associate Conductor

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. 


Dr. William Terwilliger, Concertmaster

  • Violinist William Terwilliger enjoys an exceptionally active and diverse career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, teacher, and orchestral musician throughout the US and on six continents, including performances and master classes in such global centers as New York, Los Angeles, London, Berlin, Monaco, Nice, Geneva, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Seoul, Lima, La Paz, Vladivostok, Accra and Canberra. With pianist Andrew Cooperstock, as Opus Two, Terwilliger has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, (le) Poisson Rouge, BargeMusic, and 54 Below, at London’s St. John’s, Smith Square, at Beijing’s Central Conservatory, and throughout Korea, Japan, Russia and Latin America. Festival performances include the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Hong Kong’s Hell Hot! Festival of New Music, Maverick Concerts, Piccolo Spoleto, Round Top, and Brevard, and he has been featured on NPR, the BBC, Radio France, and Latvian and Australian National Radio. As a champion and gifted interpreter of American music, Terwilliger has recorded critically acclaimed CDs of Aaron Copland, Lowell Liebermann, Paul Schoenfield, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin on the Azica, Albany and Naxos labels. A noted pedagogue, Dr. Terwilliger has given numerous master classes at conservatories and universities across the US, including the Juilliard School, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the Universities of Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Oklahoma, Georgia and Colorado, and Arizona State, as well as at institutions abroad in France, England, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Ukraine, China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Peru, Bolivia and Ghana, among others. He has served as an Artist Faculty member at summer festivals including Brevard (NC), Round Top (TX), and Rocky Ridge (CO) as well the Vianden Festival in Luxembourg and the Saarburg Festival in Germany. Currently, he is Professor of Violin at the University of South Carolina. He also serves as concertmaster of the Long Bay Symphony and has performed with the Rochester Philharmonic, Brevard Music Center Festival Orchestra, and served as concertmaster of the Boulder (Colorado) Bach Festival Orchestra.Terwilliger earned his doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Zvi Zeitlin and Donald Weilerstein.



Auditions for section and sub positions for all instruments may be submitted as a

 Youtube video link.


3 - 5 minutes of the first or last movement of a concerto, or work of your choice,  and 

3 standard orchestral excerpts.

The video should be unedited, with the concerto and all excerpts in one continuous take.

The application (below) and a one (1) page resume must be accompany the e mail.  

Please send to: 

Attention: Maestro David Rudge

The Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer and an employer with zero tolerance for discrimination or harassment in the workplace.

Audition Application

Audition application PDF (pdf)