Gulfport School District Chamber Orchestra

A Free Event in the Duckett Gallery

Chamber Orchestra is a vital part of the orchestra program at Gulfport School District. The Chamber Orchestra often performs for civic and community groups, as well as traveling internationally. The administration, faculty, and staff of the Gulfport School District take pride in being able to offer a full and varied instrumental music program. We presently offer string orchestra and small ensembles in grades four through twelve. In addition, we will offer full orchestra at the high school level. It is our goal to produce an outstanding orchestra, to develop in each student an appreciation of the art of music as part of general culture, to discover and develop the talents of students in the field of orchestral music, and to develop students’ knowledge and skills of listening to orchestra music, as well as reading and performing orchestral music throughout their life.

DANIEL MARTINEZ 

Daniel began his cello studies at the age of nine in his hometown of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. He continued his studies at the Victoriano Lopez Music School in San Pedro Sula and in 2001 he entered The University of Southern Mississippi on a full scholarship, studying there with Dr. Alexander Russakovsky and serving as principal cellist in the university orchestra. After earning his Bachelor of Music degree in 2006, he accepted a teaching position with the Gulfport School District Strings Program in Gulfport, Mississippi. In 2009, he was honored to take the position of Director of Orchestral Activities with the Gulfport School District.

Daniel loves conducting, playing chamber music, and is currently a member of the Mobile, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Pensacola Symphony Orchestras. Since 2014, Mr. Martinez also serves at the music director and principal conductor for the Gulf Coast Symphony Youth Orchestra which includes some of the best high school orchestral players from the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Daniel is an avid follower of fútbol (or soccer) and spends much of his free watching both international and club matches. He, his wife, Catherine, and their cat, Stormy, are big fans of FC Barcelona.

SASHA FERREIRA

Sasha began his violin studies in Havana, Cuba. While there, he won first prize for the best interpretation of the Cuban music in the regional and national “Amadeo Roldán” violin competition, the most prestigious Cuban violin competition. He continued his studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru, graduating with honors in 1997.  Recently, Sasha finished recording “Cuban Music…with a Violin Touch,” his second compact disc as a soloist. Along with his performance career, he taught for many years at Markham College and the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Peru.

Sasha moved to the United States in 2007 and became an American citizen in May of 2013. He obtained his Master of Music degree in violin performance at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2012, Sasha earned his Doctoral degree in violin and viola performance from The University of Georgia. Sasha is currently a faculty member of the Winter School of Music at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and teaches at the Gulfport School District in Gulfport, Mississippi. He regularly performs as a soloist as well as with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra and the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.

Gulfport School District Chamber Orchestra