AIM’s next Saturday Social, on December 26 at 2:00pm, will be a presentation by the Montclair Orchestra. The program will include prerecorded excerpts from past performances and selections for the holiday season. Two talented student members of the orchestra will play musical pieces on their instruments and talk about their experiences as young musicians.
The program will be moderated by Andre Weker, Founder and President of the Montclair Orchestra since 2016. Mr. Weker brings a wealth of experience in playing and teaching music along with a unique vision for including student musicians in the Orchestra. The Montclair Orchestra is comprised of professional musicians from world-class orchestras who serve as mentors for exceptional students from preeminent music schools.
Appearing live at this program will be Ehren L. Valme, bass trombonist, and Josh Marcum, who plays the double bass.
Ehren L. Valme, bass trombonist of the Montclair Orchestra, is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Bass Trombone Performance at the Juilliard School. He has appeared with the Princeton Symphony, Symphony in C and Philadelphia Wind Symphony. Ehren has also appeared with the American Brass Quintet, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, and the United Nations Chamber Music Society. As a member of the Julliard Orchestra, he has performed under the batons of a number of renowned conductors. He has also received numerous awards and honors, including an Oustanding Musicianship Award from the Berklee College of Music, among others. Ehren is an ardent supporter of new music. As the Executive Director of the National Arts Diversity Integration Association (NADIA), he is dedicated to developing equity, diversity and open-mindedness in artistic communities.
Double bassist Josh Marcum has performed with orchestras and small ensembles across various musical genres in noted venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space. He can be heard regularly in a duo with master guitarist Gene Bertoncini and has also performed with many other jazz greats. Josh received his Master of Music degree in 2018 and Professional Studies Diploma in 2020 from the Mannes School of Music in New York City. He has worked regularly with the Inter School Orchestras of New York as a strings coach. His credits include a debut album by indie rock bank Milagres, several tours of Japan as a guest artist and leader of his own trio, and performance in an art film that premiered at Art Basal and MoMa.
If you wish to attend, please RSVP by December 24th to aginginmontclairAIM@gmail.com and a zoom link will be sent to you before 2pm on Saturday.