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Myth & Magic Guest Artist: Dr. Elena Peres

Updated: May 2

Montclair Early Music is excited to announce that Dr. Elena Peres joining our May 5th Myth & Magic concert! Dr. Peres will be performing on violin and conducting the West Orange High School String Ensemble.

Elena Peres graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, where she was a scholarship student of Glenn Dicterow. As the winner of the Artist International Competition, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in October 2001. Since then, she has performed numerous recitals in the USA, Japan, Israel, Spain, France, Italy, and Germany. An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated in chamber music recitals with members of the New York Philharmonic, Metropolitan Opera, New Jersey Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and Vienna Philharmonic. She has also appeared in concerts with David Sanborn and the legendary R&B artist Ray Charles, performing at the Winter Garden in NYC and the White House in Washington D.C.

Elena Peres holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Rutgers University, where she was a fellowship recipient and a student of Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri String Quartet. Dr. Peres is a faculty member at the International Academy of Music in Italy, the Burgos Music Festival in Spain, and the Summit Music Festival in New York. Currently, Dr. Peres is the Orchestra Director at West Orange High School, one of the largest public school string programs in the country. Under her direction, the orchestra has recently performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center.


Members of the West Orange High School Orchestra have performed with the New Jersey Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Sussex County Youth Orchestra, New Jersey Region I Orchestra, and the New Jersey All-State Orchestra. In addition to large ensembles, high school students have an opportunity to be part of the chamber music program and work on advanced-level literature. The students often perform at civic functions, such as the Annual Mayor’s Breakfast for the West Orange Chamber of Commerce, West Orange Rotary Club for St. Patrick’s Day, and the Essex County Education Association’s Pride in Education EXPO, which features over 100 performing groups from Essex County.

The West Orange Public Schools District was nominated as one of the Top 100 Best Communities for Music Education in America by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).




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