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    A monetary award of $1,000 (First Place) and $500 (Second Place) to an area High School Senior (graduating within current year), who is planning a career in opera, serious vocal study, or music education with an emphasis in voice. Eligible students must be residents of Butler County, Ohio; or must reside in a county that borders Butler County, Ohio. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday; March 25, 2014. Audition date is Sunday; March 29, 2015 between 1 and 4 p.m.
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    "The Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony is one of the finest regional orchestras in the Cincinnati area, not just for the quality of its performances, but for the creativity of its programming. Under music director Paul John Stanbery…............The achievement of the performers was inspiring, the content of the program, inspired..................." Additionally, the HFSO does more in scholarships and aid to young people than any other symphonic organization in the state of Ohio. Period! Click "Read More" below.
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The HFSO Chorale In Concert

“A Celebration of the American Choral Art!”

Paul John Stanbery, conducting

Sunday; March 15, 2015
4:00 p.m.    

First United Methodist Church in Hamilton
225 Ludlow St.
Hamilton, Ohio 45011


Refreshments available, provided by the HFSO Guild.

Tickets are $15, all seats children 6-12 $5, ages 5 and under FREE!

Available from any Chorale or HFSO Board Member, and at the door.

To purchase online, and have them sent, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page:


Tickets ordered online after March 11 will be held at the door.




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Saturday Morning; April 11, 2015

6th Annual Meters for Mozart 5 k Walk/Run 
Waterworks Park-Fairfield Ohio; registration starts at 7:30 am.

Download the Registration Flyer here:

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Saturday Evening: April 25, 2015

Feast and Frolic”
Dinner, entertainment & Silent Auction!

Cash and credit card bids accepted!

Wilks Center at Miami University, Hamilton;   6-10 PM.
Cost is $75 per person, $100 for patron.

Reservations by calling 513.895.5151

To reserve your “Feast and Frolic” place online, click here:
(Be sure and tell us what you are paying for in the “Comments” box!)

Reservations will be closed as of this Wednesday; April 22 at NOON.
Those intending to pay at the door, MUST respond to us by that time to hold their place.



Saturday; May 2, 2015
7:30 p.m.

“Mozart Does Haydn!”

Grand Finale Concert repertoire:

“The Creation” by Franz Josef Haydn
Olivia Yokers, soprano
Kelsey Randall, alto
Scott Wyatt. tenor
Thomas Sherwood, bass

Belew Young Artist Winner, Bryson Karrer, violinist
Playing Paganini

“Ave Verum Corpus”

The Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorale
Paul John Stanbery, conducting

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Paul John Stanbery is currently Music director of the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony, Ohio Mozart Festival, Great Miami Youth Symphony and has been Associate Conductor of the Lima Symphony in Ohio.   Guest appearances have included the Western Piedmont Symphony, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, The University of Cincinnati and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra.    He is a regular guest with the  Miami University Symphony Orchestra.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Mr. Stanbery studied at Bowling Green State University and
The University of Cincinnati.     His mentors and teachers included conducting studies with Emil Raab,  Ivan Trusler, Robert Porco and John Leman.   He studied composition with Wallace DePue and H. Owen Reed.

He was also the founder and conductor of the Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony, as well as the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra.

2005 Post Corbett AwardIn November of 2005, Mr. Stanbery won the prestigious Post-Corbett Award (Performing Artist Division). Given every other year, the Post-Corbett Award is the equivalent of a Cincinnati-regional Pulitzer Prize, recognizing outstanding achievement in the arts. Mr. Stanbery is the first conductor so honored who was not associated with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

His Second Symphony “Foundations” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music for 2012.
It received its premiere in October, 2012 by the Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of the composer to a wildly enthusiastic audience.    Repeat performances are planned by several orchestras.

Other performances planned include:

“Music for Mass” at St. Peter In Chains Church, Hamilton.
Easter Sunday; 2013

“Elegy and Cortege” from 2nd Symphony.   Memorial Day 2013 Concert
with the Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony Orchestra; Michael Chertok, conducting.

New music and commissions planned include:

“Something for Strings”  (Premiere to take place in the Fall of 2013 – Strings of Hamilton and Fairfield High Schools-James Ledbetter and Sherry Randall, Directors)

“Songs of Democracy” and other texts by Walt Whitman
(A new “Choral” Symphony with orchestra, chorus and mezzo and baritone soloists)
– The result of a commission through “Kickstarter”
Check it out: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2088933468/the-composition-of-a-brand-new-choral-symphony

‘The Temptation of Christ”    (A one-act chamber opera, suitable for the stage or church.   The dramatic encounter in the desert between Satan and Jesus Christ.)

“Concerto for Piano and Orchestra”   for Michael Chertok, CCM faculty and pianist for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.   Music Director/Conductor – Blue Ash/Montgomery Symphony

“Nunc Dimitis”  for the choir of Trinity Church in Hamilton, Ohio
Mary Alice Mawer, Director – on a request by Connie Baesel

A Short Choral Piece or Two for the Winton Woods Varsity Singers and Concert Choir singers;
David Bell and Lizbee Barth, Directors

Visit Mr. Stanbery’s composition page: http://www.scoreexchange.com/profiles/paulstanbery

“The Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony (and Chorale) is one of the finest regional orchestras in the Cincinnati area, not just for the quality of its performances, but for the creativity of its programming.
Under music director Paul John Stanbery…..The achievement of the performers was inspiring, the content of the program, inspired.   Led by Stanbery, the combined forces of the orchestra and massed choirs made a splendid impression, one that begs for an encore……….In short, it was a concert to shed luster on the Greater Cincinnati community (and beyond), and in highlighting (Michael) Daugherty and his music, to foster appreciation of the finest in American music here and now.”–-Mary Ellyn Hutton—from her review

As associate conductor for the Cincinnati May Festival, he collaborated with such noted conductors as the late Robert Shaw, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, James Conlon, Robert Porco, the late Eric Kunzel, Ivan Fischer, Kenneth Jean and Keith Lockhart for performances in Carnegie Hall, Cincinnati’s Music Hall and the Riverbend Music Center.   Mr. Stanbery served as chorus-master for Telarc recordings of the Cincinnati Pops “The Hunt for Red October”, and the Cincinnati Symphony production of the opera “La Vida Breve” by Manuel DeFalla.

He spent nineteen years as Music Director of All Saints Parish and School in Cincinnati, and has been an educator for over thirty years, including work in several Toledo area schools. In 2002, Mr. Stanbery was appointed Music Minister at Hamilton’s “Historic Presbyterian Church”, and then assumed the same role at St. Peter In Chains Church in Hamilton from 2008 to 2013.

He presently is Minister of Music at Zion Lutheran Church in Hamilton.

The HFSO Chorale was founded by Paul in 1997, and performed in Carnegie Hall with John Rutter on May 30, 2005 in a command performance of the Brahms “Ein Deutches Requiem”.

Mr. Stanbery is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Hamilton’s “Ohio Mozart Festival”.   Now in its seventeenth year, The Ohio Mozart Festival remains the only one of its kind in the Midwest, having presented over 200 separate performances of Mozart.

Hamilton Butler Counties Vision 2020 AwardThe “American Masters” Concerts of the HFSO, initiated by Mr. Stanbery, bring a living distiguished composer to the community for a week, culminating in a concert featuring their works. This series continues to draw national attention from Symphony Magazine, the official publication of the League of American Orchestras.    Chester Lane called the HFSO: “One of America’s high-octane smaller budget orchestras”.   To date, the HFSO has presented numerous World Premiers, and has featured collaborations with several Pulitzer Prize winning composers.

Composers featured read like a “who’s who” in American composition and include H. Owen Reed, Robert Ward, Thomas Benjamin, James Niblock, Charles Lloyd, Ronnie Kole, Wallace Depue, Philip Koplow, Ellen Taafe Zwilich and Michael Daugherty.  
Mr. Stanbery also conducted the North American Premiere of works by noted Dutch composer, Louis Andriessen in the summer of 2003, including “M is for Man, Music and Mozart”.    These concerts took place at the University of Cincinnati with the composer present.

He believes strongly in the importance of reaching young people with classical music and has become well known throughout the state of Ohio for his work in that regard. His work with Hamilton’s Great Miami Youth Symphony has brought high praise, and he helped form an enormously successful new series for children as a cooperative venture between The Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony and the Lane Public Library System entitled “Mini-Maestros”.

Mr. Stanbery composed original music specifically for several such presentations.    His work with the Lima Symphony also included educational concerts in the schools, as well as the presentation of the “KidStuff”  programs in tandem with the Lima Public Libraries.    Under his watch, the HFSO has established four separate scholarship opportunities for young musicians and singers.

His down-to-Earth style make him popular with musicians and audiences alike. Coupled with continued creative programming and sustained quality work, these traits have brought the rewards of full houses, strong financial symphonic growth and critical acclaim whenever he appears.

Paul lives on a five acre “ranch” just West of Hamilton with his wife, the artist Patricia Jackson Stanbery.  http://www.printsbypatricia.com/

All six of the kids (Aaron, Angela, Adam, Katie, Pete, and Benjamin) have grown up and moved out, mostly!

Pat and Paul have eight  grandchildren: (Isaac,  Joshua,  Albert,  Leah,  Merle, Claire, William, Finley, and one more on the way) who fill their lives with joy!



“Stanbery, music director of The Hamilton-Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, is an energetic conductor, sharp in his movements, musically demanding… and he gets a clean, crisp sound from both the musicians and the singers.” —Lane Crockett, The Shreveport Times

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