Damen Martin, Instrumental Music – Orchestra

Mr. Martin comes to us from Lima, Ohio where he attended Ohio Northern University and earned a Bachelor of Music Education with a focus in choral and instrumental music.  Mr. Martin currently holds a Master of Music degree from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he served as the graduate assistant in the choral department. Throughout Mr. Martin’s collegiate years, he has acted as principal cellist for the ONU Symphonic Orchestra and as a featured cello soloist.  Mr. Martin was also principal cellist of a select Chamber Orchestra, which toured with the University Singers.  Mr. Martin also has participated in the Ohio Northern Wind Ensemble where he played the Bb clarinet and has played bass guitar for numerous pit orchestras. While attending ONU, Mr. Martin was also given the position of Assistant Conductor to the Ohio Northern Men’s Chorus and The University Singers.  During this time Mr. Martin has performed and conducted in venues such as the Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, CA, Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH and Carnegie Hall in New York. Mr. Martin is also an active performer throughout St. Louis. He currently is a principal singer for the Saint Louis Bach Society (where he is a featured vocal soloist on the recently produced CD, “Great and Marvelous” Hymns, Anthems and Spirituals), Ladue Presbyterian Church and volunteer singer with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus.  In January 2009, he became a part of the faculty at Lindenwood University as adjunct professor in vocal and cello studies and currently plays in the University Faculty ensemble, Con Brio Trio. “Music has given me an outlet my entire life. It expresses things inside me that I otherwise would not be able to express. I am excited to be able to assist students in finding their own voices through their talents!” Email link: damen.martin@grandcenterartsacademy.org

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After School Strings Clubs Schedule

Savvy Strings (non auditioned group)Meet Mondays from 3:30pm-4:30pm EXCEPT for Teacher Development Mondays. Then Savvy Strings will be released at 4:00pm. Parents and guardians will be notified of the early release day. Satin String (auditioned group)  Tuesdays from 3:45pm-4:45pm  

A call for musical instruments

Here at GCAA we have a growing and successful instrumental music program. We are in need of additional instruments, however. Please contact me if you know of any person or business willing to donate any of the following musical instruments to GCAA. Thank you. Mr. Damen Martin Woodwinds Piccolo Oboe Eb Alto Sax Bb Tenor Sax Bass Clarinet English Horn Brass Baritone Euphonium Tuba Percussion Kettle Drums Snare Kit Orchestra Bells Chimes Bell tree Sleigh Bells Bongos Wood Blocks Tan Tan Gong Mallets ( yarn, plastic, and wool) Crash Cymbals Suspended Cymbals Practice Pads