Anderson High School’s orchestra program consists of two orchestras and has around 100 students. The Symphony Orchestra has performed both nationally and internationally in places such as Disney world and the Bahamas. In competition, the orchestra has been selected to play at the American String Teacher Association’s 2006 National Orchestra Festival in Kansas City, MO and in 2013 in Providence, RI where the group received a second place finish, as well as at the National Orchestra Cup held at Alice Tuly Hally in Lincoln Center NY, NY in 2007 and 2009 where the group both times received first runner up. AHS Philharmonic received 1st Place in High School class AA at the Music in the Parks festival in 2010 and in 2013. The Anderson Symphony Orchestra has also received consecutive superior ratings at the OMEA State Adjudicated event since 2009. The Anderson Orchestras have also had the privilege of collaborations with the Ohio University Orchestra, the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and the Cincinnati Symphony orchestra. The collaborations with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra have included pre-concert performances by the Anderson Chamber Orchestra at Cincinnati’s Music hall as well as as joint concert with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra held at Anderson’s Titus Auditorium, under the baton of Robert Trevino, in January of 2012.
ABOUT OUR DIRECTOR
James Ledbetter: Music Director/Conductor
James Ledbetter holds both a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Music Education from Wright State University, with emphasis in Double Bass and Classical Guitar. His principal teachers include: Donald Compton, Mark Morton, Jim McCutcheon and Douglas Neidt. A Conducting Fellow at the University of South Carolina, Mr. Ledbetter studied with Paul Vermel, Donald Portnoy, Peter Jaffe, and Victoria Bond. A former conductor of the Springfield Youth String Ensemble, Youth Chamber Orchestra and the Youth Symphony, in 2006 he led over 180 students in the world premiere of Mark Bernard’s Fantasia on the Water is Wide.
A double bassist, his performance credits include: The Springfield Symphony, Middletown Symphony, Hamilton Fairfield Symphony, Wright State University Chamber and Community Orchestras as well as the Wright State University Department of Theatre and Motion Pictures. As a teacher Mr. Ledbetter has served as orchestra director the Elementary Magnet Schools in the Dayton Public Schools, as Orchestra director for the Kettering City Schools and most recently as Strings Coordinator for the Hamilton City Schools. Additionally, Mr. Ledbetter is the director of music for the Lindenwald Baptist Church in Fairfield, Ohio where his diverse music background is engaged.
In February 2014, James had the honor of conducting the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony Orchestra on their American Masters Concert with composer Mark Dal Porto in attendance. A favorite memory is the opportunity to play in rehearsal for Stephen Schwartz as a new musical of his called Snapshots was produced. James is married to his high school sweetheart, Jennifer. They reside in Fairfield Township with their three children, Kyle, Cadence and Kyndle. In his spare time, James plays golf, enjoys running, and throwing Frisbees to their dog, Django Reinhardt.