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Musicfest Northwest is an adjudicated classical music program held in Spokane, Washington

String Adjudicator

Dennis Bourett

Dennis R. Bourret is an Arizona music educator of long term residence.  He holds Bachelors degrees in violin performance and music education, and a Masters degree in viola performance. Mr. Bourret has studied violin with the concertmasters of the Minnesota, Denver and Maracaibo Symphonies, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has studied conducting with the conductors of the St. Louis, Denver and El Paso Symphonies; and chamber music with the members of the Hungarian, Denver and Trojan Quartets and the Alma and CasalsTrios. He has been principal violinist of the Tucson Symphony, Arizona Opera Orchestra, and the Tucson Pops Orchestra. He also has been principal violist of the Syringa and Raphael Druian  Summer Festival Orchestras and assistant principal violist of the Tucson Symphony. He was the violist of the University of Wyoming Faculty Quartet, and was later a founding member of Cremona Collage, an international touring ensemble.   Mr. Bourret was the founder/director of the Ruisseau Conservatory, Chamber Music in the Mountains Summer Camp, Chamber Music from Echo Glen professional festival, and the Tucson Adult Amateur String Players Association.  In the summer of 2000, he founded and directed the Big Horns Chamber Music Festival in Sheridan WY. He has been conductor/director of Tucson Junior Strings for the past 47 years; has been the conductor of the Scottsdale Chamber Orchestra at Scottsdale Community College and the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra in Tucson. He has been guest conductor and clinician for high school All-State and Regional Honor orchestras and college symposiums in Arizona, Florida, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas, and Washington State.  He has served as adjudicator for the Greater Spokane Area Music Festival and Competition, and the Northern Arizona University President's Concert Competition, and the Arizona All-State Auditions. Mr. Bourret’s students have been concertmasters and principal violists of many High School All-State and Regional Honor Orchestras, the Interlochen National Music Camp, the National Symphony Orchestral Training Camp, and the Rocky Ridge Music Festival. They have won the solo competitions for the Tucson Symphony, Philharmonia, Civic Orchestra, Music Teachers Association state and local levels, American String Teachers state and local levels, Sun City Symphony, Rocky Ridge Festival, Interlochen National Music Camp, and National Federation of Music Clubs state and local levels. His students have gone on to be accepted at almost every major music school in the United States and then gone on to play in many of the major orchestras in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. They have also been faculty at such music schools as Cleveland Institute, Hartt College Conservatory, and the New World School.  Mr. Bourret has been presented with an award for outstanding service to the arts community by the mayor of Tucson, and honored by the Tucson Unified School District for his service and support to the public schools. In 2008 he was named Outstanding Private Teacher in the State of Arizona by the American String Teachers Association. He has been honored by Tucson Newspapers Inc. in recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Community. He is also a published author of poetry and short stories.    
Musicfest Northwest is an adjudicated classical music program held in Spokane, Washington

String Adjudicator

Dennis Bourett

Dennis R. Bourret is an Arizona music educator of long term residence.  He holds Bachelors degrees in violin performance and music education, and a Masters degree in viola performance. Mr. Bourret has studied violin with the concertmasters of the Minnesota, Denver and Maracaibo Symphonies, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He has studied conducting with the conductors of the St. Louis, Denver and El Paso Symphonies; and chamber music with the members of the Hungarian, Denver and Trojan Quartets and the Alma and CasalsTrios. He has been principal violinist of the Tucson Symphony, Arizona Opera Orchestra, and the Tucson Pops Orchestra. He also has been principal violist of the Syringa and Raphael Druian  Summer Festival Orchestras and assistant principal violist of the Tucson Symphony. He was the violist of the University of Wyoming Faculty Quartet, and was later a founding member of Cremona Collage, an international touring ensemble.   Mr. Bourret was the founder/director of the Ruisseau Conservatory, Chamber Music in the Mountains Summer Camp, Chamber Music from Echo Glen professional festival, and the Tucson Adult Amateur String Players Association.  In the summer of 2000, he founded and directed the Big Horns Chamber Music Festival in Sheridan WY. He has been conductor/director of Tucson Junior Strings for the past 47 years; has been the conductor of the Scottsdale Chamber Orchestra at Scottsdale Community College and the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra in Tucson. He has been guest conductor and clinician for high school All-State and Regional Honor orchestras and college symposiums in Arizona, Florida, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas, and Washington State.  He has served as adjudicator for the Greater Spokane Area Music Festival and Competition, and the Northern Arizona University President's Concert Competition, and the Arizona All-State Auditions. Mr. Bourret’s students have been concertmasters and principal violists of many High School All-State and Regional Honor Orchestras, the Interlochen National Music Camp, the National Symphony Orchestral Training Camp, and the Rocky Ridge Music Festival. They have won the solo competitions for the Tucson Symphony, Philharmonia, Civic Orchestra, Music Teachers Association state and local levels, American String Teachers state and local levels, Sun City Symphony, Rocky Ridge Festival, Interlochen National Music Camp, and National Federation of Music Clubs state and local levels. His students have gone on to be accepted at almost every major music school in the United States and then gone on to play in many of the major orchestras in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. They have also been faculty at such music schools as Cleveland Institute, Hartt College Conservatory, and the New World School.  Mr. Bourret has been presented with an award for outstanding service to the arts community by the mayor of Tucson, and honored by the Tucson Unified School District for his service and support to the public schools. In 2008 he was named Outstanding Private Teacher in the State of Arizona by the American String Teachers Association. He has been honored by Tucson Newspapers Inc. in recognition of Outstanding Contribution to the Community. He is also a published author of poetry and short stories.