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​​​​​Artistic Faculty​


R​ev. Walter G. Edmonds

Walter G. Edmonds has an extensive musical and ministerial background. Currently as the Senior Pastor of Damascus United Methodist Church, he directs choirs and conducts The Living Christmas Tree and other major choral and orchestral performances. Since September 11, 2001, he has served as the Artistic Director of the Academy of Saint Cecilia Youth Orchestra and conductor of the Youth Orchestra. Reverend Edmonds conducted the Hymnal Celebration of Constitution Hall in 1989 and chaired the Design Team of the Northeast Jurisdiction Convocation of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. Reverend Edmonds holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in organ and voice from Lycoming College, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Temple University. ​

Artistic Director & Youth Orchestra Conductor​



Mr. Charles Doherty

​Charles H. Doherty is the director of Instrumental Music at Damascus High School, leading two bands, a jazz band, and a string orchestra. He carries a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and a Master of Music in Trombone Performance from Duquesne University, where he played principal trombone in the Symphony Band, lead trombone in the Jazz Ensemble, and principal bass trombone in the Wind Symphony, as well as conducted the Symphony Band in performance. As a performer, Mr. Doherty has played with numerous groups in the DC area, including the Mike Kamuf Little Big Band, Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra, The Yesterday Swing Orchestra, the Montgomery Philharmonic, and the Trinity Chamber Orchestra.

Concert Band, Advanced Band and Concert Band Director

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