Angelo Moreno Conductor Academic String Orchestra
Angelo Moreno is a graduate of UC Davis, where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Orchestral Conducting under the direction of Dr. D. Kern Holoman. He earned his Teaching Credential in Music Education from Sacramento State University. While at UC Davis, Mr. Moreno served as Principal second violin in the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra and as concertmaster and soloist in the UC Davis Baroque Ensemble.
Mr. Moreno has been directing orchestras in the Davis Joint Unified School District since 2000. He is currently the Director of the Davis Senior High and Holmes Junior High School Orchestra Programs, and the founder of the Davis High School Baroque Ensemble, the first such group at the high school level in the country. Mr. Moreno also conducts the Sacramento Youth Symphony’s Academic Orchestra and maintains an active private teaching studio.
Mr. Moreno has received numerous awards for his contributions to music education. In 2005, the CSUS College of Education presented him with their Teacher of the Year Award in recognition of outstanding service to public education. The following year he was honored by State Assemblywoman Lois Wolk and recognized with a resolution from the California Legislature. In 2009, Sacramento News & Review honored Mr. Moreno at the “Jammies” Concert with their Sacramento Music Educators Outstanding Achievement Award. Closer to home, in the fall of 2011, the Davis Schools Arts Foundation gave Mr. Moreno their Harmony in Our Lives Award. A year later, the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) unanimously recognized Mr. Moreno as the state’s Richard L. Levin Orchestra Educator awardee. In 2014, the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Foundation recognized Mr. Moreno as a Quarterfinalist for their first annual Music Educator Award.
The venerable music magazine DownBeat has recognized Mr. Moreno and his musicians several times—first in 2010, when his Combined Junior High Advanced Orchestra was named Best Classical Ensemble at the junior high level in a nationwide search; in 2011 and 2012, when the Davis Senior High School Symphony Orchestra was named Best Classical Ensemble at the high school level; and most recently in 2014, when the Holmes Junior High Advanced Orchestra was named Best Classical Ensemble at the junior high level.
Mr. Moreno has been featured in numerous national and regional publications and websites, includingSymphony Magazine Online, Early Music Magazine, Strings, San Francisco Classical Voice, In-Tune Magazine, and the National Association for Music Education’s Teaching Music.