Our Conductor

Scott Chaurette enjoys a varied career as a conductor, bassist, and teacher. For 11 years he was Music Director of the Worcester, MA based Seven Hills Symphony where he worked with world-renowned professional soloists, coordinated performances featuring symphonic music with multimedia, and ran outreach programs to local schools and community organizations. Scott looks to make orchestral music fun and accessible for everyone, breaking down the barriers of formality that often accompany the orchestral performance experience, and selecting innovative programs often containing non-traditional elements. As a guest conductor he has been invited to lead youth, community, and regional honors orchestras throughout New England. His conducting teachers include Toshiyuki Shimada, Edward Cumming, Jeffrey Renshaw, and Peter Sacco. 

A classically trained bassist, Scott holds a BM from the Boston Conservatory and an MM from the University of Illinois. He has performed with ensembles including the Portland Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Hop River Chamber Players. Scott has also studied jazz, contemporary styles, and bass guitar technique at the Berklee College of Music. He has over 20 years experience playing in bands ranging in style from rock to R&B to tango. 

Scott is also the Chair of the Fine Arts Department and Director of Orchestral Activities at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, CT where he leads a thriving arts department. Previous teaching positions include the University of Connecticut, Western New England College, and St. Joseph’s College. 

Scott has been our Conductor since the 2017-2018 concert season.

Current Orchestra Board Members

Joan D'Auria, Co-President
Kurt Kaufman, Co-President
Sondra Boyer, Secretary
Paul Navratil, Treasurer
Liz Davis
Althea Madigan
Rick Bennett
Sandra Smith Rosado
Cheryl Bayline
Barbara Gibson

Orchestra personnel of the 2017-2018 Season

Violin I
Paul Navratil, Concertmaster
Kayla DeCaprio
Seong Joo Hong
Barbara Horn
Margalit Kaufman
Joseph Piresson
Sharon Whitehead

Violin II
Morgan Glassberg
Cheryl Bayline
Hannah Brule
Annie Chien
Hannah Kruger
Kimberly Blair Rontey
Dianne Tewksbury

Dora DeCaprio
Genea Bell
Gale Eberly
Barbara Gibson
Kelley Gifford
Smriti Hamal
Don Shankweiler

Kurt Kaufman
Sondra Boyer
Joanna Chaurette
John Lenard
Mary Neyssen
Peggy Webbe
Carol Williams

Liz Davis
Dave Hosking
Charles Seivard
Peter Tomanelli
Dorothy Zhang

Joan D’Auria
Sandra Smith Rosado 

Emily Ferguson
Althea Madigan

Rick Bennett
Shirley Roe

Peggy Church 

Bethany Croxton
Beth Pratt 

Edward Pitkin 

Andrea Arel
Ross Koning
Kevin Tracy 

Liz Kiebler

Terry Cote
Brian Girasoli
Liz Kiebler

© Willimantic Orchestra 2018