LSYO Music Director & Conductors
Dr. Hayden Denesha, Music Director and Conductor, Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra
A native of Buffalo, New York, Hayden Denesha is a passionate conductor known for his intensity and his dedication to the education of audiences and young musicians. Prior to joining the Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestra, Hayden most recently served as Assistant Conductor for the Peabody Youth Orchestra and worked as an Assistant Conductor and Youth Orchestra Conductor for the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra. While with the South Carolina Philharmonic, he led professional young persons’ concerts and helped grow its Youth Orchestra program into one of the largest in the state. He also presently works as the Associate Conductor for the Rock Hill Symphony and as the Youth Orchestra Artistic Director for Rowan University.
As an advocate for contemporary programming, Hayden has premiered numerous commissions and has been relied upon for his expertise in multimedia collaboration. He recently worked on the U.S. premiere of Du Yun’s Where We Lost Our Shadows at the Kennedy Center and served as an Assistant Conductor for a Baltimore city-wide production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass under the baton of Marin Alsop. He is also one of the few conductors in the world trained in accompanying silent films with live orchestra. In 2018 he was invited to Indiana University 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 University of South Carolina, and the State University of New York at Fredonia. He has also trained and performed at music festivals such as the Eastern Music Festival, Pierre Monteux School, Miami Summer Music Festival, and the PRISMA Festival in Western Canada. His principal teachers have included Marin Alsop, Joseph Young, Scott Weiss and David Rudge. Hayden is equally at home as a performer on viola having earned his undergraduate degree in Viola Performance & Music Education. He has held viola section positions with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Aiken Symphony Orchestra, and the Carolina Ballet. He presently resides in Baltimore, MD with his fiancée Mary Kate and is an avid Buffalo Bills fan.
Ashley Driscoll, Conductor, Loudoun Symphony Concert Orchestra
Ms. Ashley Driscoll is the Orchestra Director at Independence High School in Loudoun County. Prior to teaching in Virginia, Ms. Driscoll was the former graduate assistant conductor of the West Virginia University Symphony Orchestra and has guest conducted youth and community ensembles across West Virginia.
Ms. Driscoll earned Bachelor of Music degrees in Cello Performance and Music Education, as well as Master of Music degrees in Orchestral Conducting and Cello Performance from West Virginia University. Her principal teachers included Mitchell Arnold (conducting) and Erin Ellis (cello).
Apart from conducting, Ms. Driscoll is a registered Suzuki cello instructor and completed five levels of Suzuki teacher training. Her trainers have included Avi Friedlander, Andrea Yun, Shu-Yi Scott, Beth Goldstein-McKee, and Beth Cantrell.
Additionally, she has attended the Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop, The Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop, and held a teaching assistantship at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. Ms. Driscoll remains an active cellist in community and recital performances.
Adrienn Salazar, Conductor, Prelude Strings
Mrs. Salazar is an accomplished music educator specializing in strings, conducting and music theory. She is published composer and arranger. Her talent extends to Irish, Celtic violin and Sacred Music as well as New Age. She regularly visits Hungary, England, the Netherlands and Germany to perform with different groups.
Mrs. Salazar was born and raised in Hungary where she attended Pecs Conservatory of Performing and Visual Arts. She holds a MA in Music Education and Choir Conducting from the University of Pecs, Hungary. Mrs. Salazar has been a member of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra since 1999, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington DC since 2016 both as a violinist and a violist.
Inspired by some of her wonderful students, she ran an annual fundraiser concert for 7 years benefitting children with Autism called the "Children of the Rainbow". She has also conducted numerous youth choirs and orchestras.
Since 2017, Adrienn Salazar has served on the board of directors for Loudoun Symphony as a Player Representative.
In her spare time, she likes to travel, hike, bike, run and spend time with her family.