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Music: Dr. Preston Hawes

Assistant Professor of Music
D.M.A. (Violin Performance) – Peabody Conservatory of Music
M.M. – Yale University
A.D. – Yale University
B.M. – Washington Adventist University (CUC)
A.R.C.T. – Royal Conservatory of Music
(301) 891-4533
phawes@wau.edu

Dr. Preston Hawes

Dr. Preston Hawes

Hailed by the European Academy of Arts and Sciences as an “electrifying and virtuosic” performer with “exquisite taste and rare talent”, Canadian violinist, Preston Hawes is the protégé of the late Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse. A finalist and laureate of the Concours de Musique Du Canada, winner of the Andrews International Music Competitions, the Prix de Musique de Chambre à Fontainebleau, recipient of the JC Van Hulsteyn award and Peabody Career Grant, Preston has been heard as a soloist, recitalist, and clinician in over 35 countries in notable venues including Moscow's House of Culture, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Plovdiv Symphony Hall, Târgu Mureş Cultural Palace, and Windsor Castle. His orchestral experience has led him to serve in leading positions under the batons of Sir Neville Marriner, Lorin Maazel, Phillipe Entremont, Anatoly Levin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marin Alsop, and John Rutter.  Hawes has been a featured performer at the Meadowmount School, the Conservatoire Américain, and the Taos Music Festival, among others. Growing in recognition as a conductor, Preston was invited in 2008 and 2009 to direct the opening concert of the Mozart International Choral Festival.  As a foreign musical ambassador for the Hope of Bangkok charity Hawes was recently granted a personal audience with HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana of Thailand.

Named an Associate Performer of the Royal Conservatory at the age of 16 and after studies at the Mannes College of Music, Hawes was designated a Stephen Hendel scholar at Yale University where he earned a Master of Music degree and the coveted Artist Diploma while studying with Ani Kavafian and Hyo Kang. With further study at the Mannes College of Music, his teachers include Gerald Fischbach (University of Maryland), Sally Thomas (Juilliard School), Victor Danchenko (RCM, Peabody), Ida Kavafian (Curtis Institute of Music), Gerard Poulet (Paris Conservatory), Yfrah Neaman (Guildhall School of Music), David Kim (The Philadelphia Orchestra), and Patricia McCarty (Boston Conservatory), as well as chamber coaching and performances with Claude Frank, the Tokyo, Guarneri, Borromeo, Brentano, and Miami String Quartets. Having completed doctoral studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Preston maintains a busy concert schedule and is Head of Strings and Director of Orchestral Studies at Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, MD. Dr. Hawes is artistic director of the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.

DISSERTATION: "The Programmatic and Biographical Nature of Leonard Bernstein's Serenade, after Plato: Symposium"

Classes Taught:

  • MUPF 360: Conducting II
  • MUPF 380: Music Literature (Strings)
  • MUHL 470: Pedagogy (Strings)
  • MUHL 471: Practicum (Strings)
  • MUPF 427: Orchestral Excerpts
  • MUPF 227: Orchestra (NEYE)
  • MUPF 134-474: Applied Lessons (Violin & Viola)

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