The Cadet Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Mark Sholl and assistant conductor Dr. Jim Bates, is comprised of students in grades 7-10. The orchestra performs some unabridged classical works, some arranged for student orchestra and includes some pieces of the popular/film genre.
Mees Auditorium, Capital University
Dr. Mark Sholl, conductor
Dr. Mark Sholl has been the director of orchestras at Hilliard Davidson High School and Music Coordinator for the Hilliard City Schools for the past twenty-two years. His responsibilities include conducting three orchestras at Davidson High School and overseeing the music budget and staffing for 13 elementary schools, two 6th grade schools, three middle schools and three high schools. Dr. Sholl is also the past President of the Ohio Orchestra and String Teachers Association. He currently serves on the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Board and is their Education Committee Chair. Dr. Sholl is the music director of the Columbus Symphony Cadet Orchestra, one of four levels of youth orchestras associated with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. Prior to his tenure with the Hilliard Schools, Dr. Sholl was the Orchestra and Assistant Band Director at Grove City High School for six years, where he won the National Sallie Mae Teaching Award. Dr. Sholl has also conducted numerous ensembles at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. In 2011 he received the Ohio Music Education Association Outstanding Music Teacher of the Year award. He has studied at The Peabody Conservatory, The University of Michigan, where he received a Bachelor of Music, and The Ohio State University from which he received his Master of Arts and PhD.
Dr. Jim Bates, assistant conductor
Dr. Jim Bates is Director of Orchestral Activities at Otterbein University and since 2006 has served as an assistant conductor for the Columbus Symphony Youth Orchestras. As a conductor and teacher, Dr. Bates is able to draw on considerable experience as an educator, performer and historian. For eighteen years he was a conductor for the Louisville (KY) Youth Orchestras and was music director of that organization from 1996 – 2001. In 1999 he joined the conducting staff of Interlochen Center for the Arts and continues to co-direct the Junior Orchestra program and Junior String Institute there in the summer. He has served as a clinician or guest conductor in Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, California, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Washington and Colorado. He has served as president of Kentucky ASTA and as string coordinator for the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts. In addition to string education he is very involved with the Classical Mandolin Society of America and period instrument performance. He was recently elected to the National Board of Directors of CMSA. Currently, Dr. Bates is assistant conductor and principal bassist of the Westerville Symphony (OH), and is a member of The Early Interval, Columbus’ professional early music performance ensemble. He has degrees from the University of Louisville (B.M.E.), a Masters in double bass performance from Indiana University, where he studied bass with Lawrence Hurst and baroque performance with Stanley Ritchie, and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Bates has two sons, Ethan and Gideon. Dr. Bates was recently appointed to chair the Coda Bows for America Community Outreach Program for ASTA.