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Hayden Denesha is a passionate conductor known for his intensity and his dedication to the education of audiences and young musicians. Hayden is presently the Artist-In-Residence for Elizabethtown College where he directs the college orchestra and serves as Director of Instrumental Studies. Hayden most recently served as the Loudoun Symphony’s Associate Conductor and continues to serve as Music Director of the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestras. Under his leadership, the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra program has become a cornerstone for Music Education in the State of Virginia. Hayden has also served as an Assistant Conductor for numerous orchestras such as the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Rock Hill Symphony, and the Peabody Youth Orchestra. 

Loudoun Symphony Announces the Appointment of Hayden Denesha as Music Director of the LSO

As an advocate for contemporary programming, Hayden has premiered numerous commissions and has been relied upon for his expertise in multimedia collaboration with orchestras. He worked on the U.S. premiere of Du Yun’s Where We Lost Our Shadows at the Kennedy Center and served as the Assistant Conductor for a Baltimore city-wide production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass under the baton of Marin Alsop. He is trained in original performance practice techniques of accompanying silent films with live orchestra. In 2018, he was invited to Indiana University in partnership with the Jacobs School of Music to present the original score of Phantom of the Opera (1925) with renowned organ soloist Dennis James.


Hayden holds conducting degrees from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, the State University of New York at Fredonia, and the University of South Carolina, where he completed his doctorate in 2021. He has also studied and conducted at music festivals such as the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, National Orchestra Institute, Eastern Music Festival, Pierre Monteux School, and the PRISMA Festival in Western Canada. His principal teachers have included Marin Alsop, Joseph Young, Scott Weiss and David Rudge. Hayden also earned an undergraduate degree in Viola Performance and Music Education. He has held viola section positions with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Aiken Symphony Orchestra, and served as principal violist of the Southern Tier Symphony in Olean, NY. He presently resides in Baltimore, MD with his wife Mary Kate, his dog Snoopy, and is an avid Buffalo Bills fan.


We look forward to our next performance season with Hayden as our new Music Director!


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