Orchestra Director, Dean Donataccio
Mr. Donataccio earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Kent State University in Ohio, and has been teaching music in Florida since 1988. He joined Davidsen as the Orchestra Director in 2016, and has become known as a mentor and advocate for his young students. Throughout his teaching career, Mr. Donataccio's ensembles have received top ratings at District and State Assessments. He is a member of The Florida Orchestra Association, The Florida Bandmasters Association, The Florida Music Educators Association, and the Hillsborough Music Council. Outside of school, Mr Donataccio performs in various community instrumental groups.
Fun fact: Mr Donataccio is also a licensed USCG charter captain, boating on the Great Lakes as well as the beautiful waterways of Florida.
WELCOME TO DAVIDSEN ORCHESTRA
Students who have begun learning a stringed instrument privately will love playing as part of an orchestra. Students who are curious to learn are also encouraged to explore and find out if they find inspiration in the sounds of symphonic music and classical stringed instruments.
BEGINNING ORCHESTRA 1 ( 6th Grade)
Students learn and practice music reading and techniques, performing on their instrument, and being a part of an ensemble.
INTERMEDIATE ORCHESTRA 2 (7th Grade)
Players expand on their knowledge and begin to perform more complex orchestra pieces.
ADVANCED ORCHESTRA 3 (8th Grade)
Players will be performing higher grade music as a means to grow as musicians and prepare for high school orchestra and beyond. They will be competing in district competitions.
CHAMBER ENSEMBLE (by audition only) – Advanced players may join the Chamber Ensemble in 8th grade where we will have the opportunity to push their abilites each day and perform in extra special events.
Performances and opportunities
All grades perform in a Winter and Spring concert (6th grade spring only) The 8th grade and Chamber Ensembles also perform and compete at MPA in the spring. All students will have the opportunity to audition for Hillsborough All-County and Florida All-State Orchestras as well as participate in FBA solo and ensemble. The Davidsen Chamber Ensemble also performs for various community and seasonal events throughout the year. And of course, each year, orchestra members go on a Spring Music Department field trip.
Come be a part of something special at Davidsen!