CARMON DeLEONE

SWOP Music Advisor

Carmon DeLeone is celebrating the first Season of the Southwest Ohio Philharmonic as Music Advisor.  He is currently in his 49th year as Music Director of the Cincinnati Ballet.  He served 35 years as Music Director of the Middletown Symphony Orchestra and 25 years as Music Director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra. Carmon now serves as Conductor Laureate of both orchestras.

  

At New Yorks Carnegie Hall, he has served as Conductor and Host of the “Family Concert” Series, and in Europe, he has conducted frequent performances with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1995 Maestro DeLeone was named the “Illinois Music Director of the Year” by the Illinois Council of Orchestras, and during his tenure, the Illinois Philharmonic was twice named “Illinois Orchestra of the Year”.


A talented composer as well, he most recently premiered his Fanfare, Funk & Fandango (An American Dance Set). He also has composed many original scores for the ballet, most recently his Princess and the Pea. His best known work, the full length ballet in two acts, Peter Pan, is enjoying continued praise in major cities from coast to coast, as well as overseas. Maestro DeLeone conducted the debut of Peter Pan in London during a 28-performance run with the Atlanta Ballet at the prestigious Royal Festival Hall. His list of ballet score creations also includes Frevo, Guernica, With Timbrel and Dance, and Ruth Page’s Billy Sunday, which was nationally televised in 1983.


During his 12-year tenure as Assistant, and later Resident Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Maestro DeLeone served on its staff with Music Directors Max Rudolf, Thomas Schippers, Walter Susskind,  and Erich Kunzel. He was also selected personally by Maestro Erich Leinsdorf to participate in an intensive master conducting seminar at Lincoln Center. In 1991 he made his European debut with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. Following the Maestro’s Carnegie Hall debut with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, he was immediately re-engaged to conduct two more concerts at Carnegie Hall and host the rest of the prestigious hall’s series of Family Concerts during the next season.


As Pops conductor, the Maestro list Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, George Burns, Jerry Lewis, Gladys Knight, and Buddy Rich as just a few of the guests artists who have performed in concert with him. He has also served as host of the popular Cincinnati radio show, “Sunday Morning Music Hall”.


Maestro DeLeone is very pleased to have made his New York conducting debut with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for their season-opening gala performance of Carmina Burana and Revelations at New York’s City Center.


Carmon earned B.M., B.S., and M.M degrees from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music.  He served at CCM as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Opera and Musical Theatre.  During his tenure, he has conducted productions of Prince Igor, La Cenerentola, Gianni Schicchi, The Crucible, La Callisto (American Premiere), and The Secret Marriage.  He has been presented with the conservatory’s “Distinguished Alumni Award”.  At Indiana University, he conducted the world premier and nationally televised production of Jon Eaton’s children’s opera, The Lion And Androcles.  Maestro DeLeone is a proud recipient of Cincinnati’s Post-Corbett Award for excellence in the arts, and recently was awarded the very prestigious MacDowell Medal by the Cincinnati MacDowell Society.


VINCENT PHELAN

SWOP Concertmaster

Vincent has served as Concertmaster of the Middletown Symphony Orchestra in Middletown, Ohio for 21 years. He has appeared as violin soloist with the Middletown Symphony, the Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony and the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestras. Since 2008, Vince has been performing recitals with pianist Steve Phillips. The duo has performed on several recital series including Music on the Avenue at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Bellevue, KY, Midday Musical Menu at Covington Episcopal Church in Covington, KY, Holy Trinity Church in Oxford, OH and with the Cincinnati Symphony Club in Cincinnati, OH.   Vincent has also performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Ballet Orchestra, Columbus Symphony and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently the Concertmaster of the Southwest Ohio Philharmonic.   He enjoys performing a wide variety of musical styles including Bluegrass, playing “fiddle” with the Retread Bluegrass Band and performs regularly with pianist Rick Hagee. Rick and Vince specialize in jazz arrangements of the “Great American Songbook” and the popular music of the ’40’s, ’50’s and ’60’s.   Vincent holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he studied with Won Bin Yim and Dorothy Delay. He received his doctoral degree from CCM in 2006.   In 1995, Vince and his wife, Elizabeth Council-Phelan, founded the Corryville Suzuki Project. This music education program offers violin and viola instruction to children from Greater Cincinnati, Indiana and Northern Kentucky.    

ANDREA JAYNE RIDILLA

SWOP Principal Oboist and Member of the Board of Directors

Andrea Jayne Ridilla is Professor of Music at Miami University where she received the 2015 University Distinguished Teaching Award. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  Fanfare Magazine writes of her CD, L’Amore Italiano, the lyrical oboe in opera and cinema, with the Sofia Philharmonic in Bulgaria, “Ridilla plays with exceptional control and a beautiful tone." The American Record Guide calls Ridilla’s playing “…heartfelt and expressive.”  Andrea was Principal Oboe of the Echternach Festival in Luxembourg for 15 seasons where she also performed as soloist and soloist at the Moselle Music Festival in Germany. She performed twice at the Musica No Museu Series in Rio de Janeiro at the Portuguese Consulate. Andrea was recently one of five international oboe soloists to be invited to perform at the Monteverdi Solo Oboe Festival in Bolzano, Italy in 2013. She was also soloist with the Camerata Rio Chamber Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro, and with the Pacific Symphony in Vladivostok, Russia at the invitation of the U.S. State Department. In 2012, she gave masterclasses at Moscow Conservatory of Music and the St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music. She was invited guest oboe professor at Congreso de la Asociación de Doble Caña de Sevilla in Spain, and was soloist with the Orquesta da Cámara Quito in Ecuador. El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador) writes of her concerto with the Orquesta da Sinfónica de Guayaquil.... "Ridilla sparkled with intonation, expression and phrasing..."

Andrea is Principal Oboe of the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. She has also performed as Principal Oboe of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Her teachers include James Caldwell, Robert Bloom and Sara Lambert Bloom. She has also taken perfection classes in Europe with Hansjörg Schellenberger and Maurice Bourgue.  She is co-designer of the Ridilla Gouging Machine manufactured by Udo Heng’s firm, Reeds ‘n Stuff in Germany, which is U.S. Patented. She is a F. Lorée artist and plays a Lorée 125 oboe.