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CONDUCTORS for 2016-2017 season

Kyle Wernke

Kyle Wernke is a composer, conductor, and film music scholar currently based in West Hartford, CT. Wernke earned his DMA in Composition from The Hartt School and his MM in Instrumental Conducting and BM in Composition from Butler University. Wernke has studied with composers Robert Carl, Michael Schelle, Larry Alan Smith, and Ken Steen and with conductors Glen Adsit, Richard Clark, Edward Cumming, and Robert Grechesky. For additional information, go to


Scott Chaurette

A native of Salem, MA, Scott has been involved in music for most of his life. He began studying bass in high school and after a short stint as a math major in college, transferred to the Boston Conservatory where he received his BM in bass performance. During his time at the conservatory he studied with many talented musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Berklee College of Music and freelanced throughout New England. After a brief stint at the University of Illinois to get a master’s degree, Scott returned to New England where he has remained, first in the Boston area and more recently in Connecticut.

Scott has over 20 years of experience performing as a conductor and bassist in styles ranging from classical, to rock, to R&B, to tango. He frequently performs with Infinitango, the Red Hot Horns, the Hop River Chamber Players, and many other groups. For 11 years he was the Music Director of the Worcester, MA based Seven Hills Symphony and he is currently the Chair of the Fine Arts Department and Orchestra Director at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, CT.


Hilarie Clark Moore

Hilarie Clark Moore’s curiosity and desire to learn everything she can about music - its history, the theory, and performance practices - has motivated her to approach music from all angles. This curiosity combined with her passion for music fuels her drive to create and refine a rewarding interpretation to express the soul of the music. Her orchestral conducting experiences include being the founding conductor of the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra (SOCO) and musical director of the Cheshire Symphony Orchestra (CSO). Starting with just one violinist and one bassoonist, she built the SUNY Orange Community Orchestra. This season, the orchestra is celebrating its 20th year with over 60 musicians who range from the young to the “young at heart” and from the amateur to the professional musician. Acknowledging the orchestra’s role in the community, the Orange County Arts Council named SOCO as the 2012 Arts Organization of the Year. In addition, she has served as assistant conductor for the Hudson Opera Theatre, conducted Sweeney Todd for Summer Star Theatre, and has been guest conductor for Cortlandt Chamber Orchestra. Her education blends both music academia and performance.  She received her Bachelor of Music Degree on French horn performance from the University of Connecticut in 1985. In 1991, she earned her Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. As the guest conductor for the April 2017 concert, she is delighted to return to the Willimantic Orchestra as many years ago, she played violin and horn under the direction of Toby Tolokan. For additional information, go to 


CONDUCTOR from 1991-2016

Many thanks to David for 25 wonderful years!

David Vaughan has been conducting since age eighteen, making his debut as student conductor of the RHAM High School Symphonic Band.  As an undergraduate in Music Education at the University of Connecticut, he studied conducting with Allan Gillespie, conducted the UConn Concert Band on tour, and served as Music Director and Conductor for productions of West Side Story and A Little Night Music. He received his M.M. in Instrumental Conducting from the University in 1985, studying with Larry Rachleff.  Subsequently, he has taken master classes with H. Robert Reynolds, Michael Lankester, and Tibor Pustzai. One of three candidates invited by the Willimantic Orchestra to audition for the position of Conductor during the 1990-91 season, he was named Conductor in May 1991.