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Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra

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BMYSO is dedicated to providing children through young adult college students with musical experience and benefits/rewards that will last a lifetime. The programs instill cooperation, discipline and patience, developing young musicians into appreciative listeners and participants.

Our mission is to provide young dedicated musicians the opportunity to develop advanced ensemble and performance skills that will enable them to grow to their fullest potential as musicians and performers, and in doing so enrich the community through the art of music performance.

We will model excellence in our interactions with students, families, the community, and each other by exemplifying these core values: dedication, professionalism, sensitivity, inclusiveness, passion, respect, and communication.

We currently have three ensembles in our program. Philharmonia is for string players with one year of training to intermediate level, Interlude is for the intermediate level string players, and Youth Symphony is for advanced high school through college level string, wind, and percussion players.

Our vision is that with your support we would grow into 5 different orchestras from all levels and additional chamber groups for advanced students to enrich our community with the arts.

Meet the Conductors



Dr. Everaldo Martinez, Concertmaster

Oscar Everaldo Martinez studied violin performance at the Francisco Diaz Zelaya Conservatory of Music in his home country of Honduras with internationally renowned teachers including Russian violinist, Olga Kim; Mexican violinist Hernan Cortez; Venezuelan violinist Eddi Marcano; and mentorship by American violinist, Elizabeth Clendenning of the Cleveland Orchestra. Martinez won numerous solo and chamber music competitions there and played a solo with the school orchestra and the Youth Orchestra of Tegucigalpa.

Martinez played first violin for ten years in the Sinfonica Nacional de Honduras (Honduran National Symphony) and served as Concertmaster for several groups. He was active as first violin with the Contrastes String Quartet, touring many Central American concert halls. Martinez came to the United States in 2000, studying with violinist Yakov Voldman from the Moscow State Conservatory. Martinez earned his American performance degree in violin from Southern Louisiana University where he played solo with the orchestra, conducted the school orchestra, and performed concerts featuring his own compositions.

Martinez earned Masters’ and Doctoral degrees in violin performance degrees under John Gilbert at Texas Tech University. At TTU Martinez developed educational projects to help music programs in Honduras and Central America, like “Cuerdas de enlace,” a two-week camp focusing on pedagogical training and providing much-needed instruments and strings supplies. Martinez’s efforts culminated in a series of concerts and tours with different ensembles. He also did advanced studies in Conducting and Composition and premiered compositions of his own, as well as of faculty and guests, including Chinese composer Chen Yi. Martinez also conducted and composed music for a newly formed Viola ensemble. Martinez served as a guest lecturer, discussing the evolution of Latin-American music in America. Mr. Martinez was granted the Best Teaching Assistant Award at TTU, was a finalist in the concerto competition, and had projects published in The American String Teachers Association Magazine and String Magazine.

In the US, Dr. Martinez is in demand as an orchestral, chamber music, and solo performer. He has appeared at summer festivals across the country and played with symphony orchestras in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Biloxi, Mobile, Midland-Odessa, Abilene, Roswell, Aberdeen, Bismarck, Minot, and Bemidji. Martinez is affiliated with the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, serving as first violin with the LSO Quartet, principal second violinist of the orchestra, and as a coach and leader for the Lubbock Symphony Youth Orchestra program. He has performed recitals and masterclasses and premiered works written for him at the Hazlerig Festival in Colorado, Cuerdas de Enlace Festival, Texas A&M International University, Texas Tech, for the South Plains Suzuki Foundation, Suzuki School of Music, and Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his violin and conducting work, Martinez composes rock, jazz, pop, and mariachi music. His work is published by Gebrüder Stark Musikverlag in Leipzig and distributed by Incienso and Mi Tierra labels, and has been featured on radio stations and TV in the USA, Honduras, and Germany.

While at Texas Tech University, Martinez made his final version of La Conquista (a mythological story of the conquest of Honduras) for violin solo. He also has written didactic materials and has furnished hundreds of arrangements of classical and Latin American compositions for his ensembles. His viola choir arrangements of Latin American music were showcased at the Texas Music Educator Association convention in San Antonio, TX in 2008 to standing ovations. Dr. Martinez is currently the concertmaster of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and conductor of its Youth Symphony program. He teaches violin/viola, music theory and string methods, and conducts chamber music ensembles at University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. He is first violin of the recently formed Sonorus String Quartet, recently featured on PBS’s Prairie Musicians. He lives in Bismarck with his wife Natalia and their beautiful daughter Isabella, who enjoys playing clarinet and violin.

Dr. Natalia Vacarciuc, Associate Concertmaster

Natalia Vacarciuc, originally from Moldova (one of the republics of the former Soviet Union), received her undergraduate degree in her home town Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, at the Academy of Music “G. Musicescu.” Immediately upon completion of these studies, Ms. Vacarciuc became principal cellist at both the National Symphony Orchestra “TV-Radio Moldova” which toured frequently in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland and the chamber orchestra of the National Theatre “M. Eminescu.”

In 2001 she came to the United States to continue her education, pursuing the Master of Music degree at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA. Since then Ms. Vacarciuc has performed in numerous chamber music ensembles, orchestras, and summer festivals throughout the US, including the Baton Rouge Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Lubbock Symphony. In 2002 she was a semi-finalist in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Dr. Vacarciuc received her Doctoral degree in Cello performance from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX where she also taught cello for several years as a teaching assistant.

Ms. Vacarciuc has played in masterclasses for such artists as Tanya Remenikova, Nathaniel Rosen, Peter Salaff, Emerson String Quartet as well as Diaz Trio, Innuendo and Audubon String quartets. She now lives and teaches in Bismarck where she is principal cellist with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, served on the faculty of the International Peace Garden Music Camp and performed as a soloist with BMSO and Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra. She frequently plays with the regional symphony orchestras such as Aberdeen University Civic Orchestra and Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Vacarciuc had been featured as a cellist on the CD of the local unique duo rap/violin B-L’Atittude, who presents a new development of the hip-hop Symphonic rap and performs music written by Everaldo Martinez, and also records with other local artists.

Dr. Vacarciuc is part of the Sonorus String Quartet, that has recorded a recital for Prairie Musicians on PBS TV Channel that airs frequently. She also has a private teaching studio where she teaches cello to students of all ages. One of her advanced students, Tiffany Peterson has won competitions with the regional orchestras, and most recently has received full scholarship as a music major from University of Minnesota. Ms. Vacarciuc is frequently featured on the Dakota Media Access as chamber/solo musician as well as with her students in the concerts.