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Doug Elmore, Director
Floyd Central High School/Highland Hills MS
Mr. Doug Elmore, Orchestra Director, brings to the orchestra program over twenty-five years of quality musical experience in the Louisville-Southern Indiana area. He is currently in his twenty-fifth year at Floyd Central HS.
In addition to his duties with the FC Orchestras, Mr. Elmore is currently serving his twenty-fifth year as Orchestra Instructor at Highland Hills Middle School (formerly Floyd Central Jr High School). He recently completed a tenure of seventeen years at Galena and Floyds Knobs Elementary Schools . With a an undergraduate degree in Music from DePauw University (1986) and a Master’s Degree from the University of Louisville School of Music(2001), Mr. Elmore has led the Floyd Central and HHMS Orchestras to more than seventy Superior (Gold) ratings at ISSMA Music Festivals over the past twenty-two years. In addition, the Floyd Central High School Orchestra has performed at each of the last twenty-one ISSMA State Finals Contests, earning State Champion Honors in 1995 and Runner-up Honors in 1996 and 1998.
An active clinician and guest conductor, Mr. Elmore has served on the staff of the Kentuckiana Music Festival from 1989 through 2001, teaching Double Bass and coaching chamber music ensembles. From 1997 through 2003 he taught on the faculty of the Great Lakes Music Camps in Indianapolis and Valparaiso . Since 1996, he has guest conducted at middle school string festivals in Carmel , Indiana ; Louisville , Kentucky ; and South Bend , Indiana . In 2004, he was the Guest Conductor of the Jefferson County (KY) All-County High School Orchestra. He served on the faculty of Bellarmine University as Jazz Bass instructor, and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Louisville School of Music, where he teaches String Methods.
As a performer, Mr. Elmore is an very active jazz bassist in the Louisville scene, having worked with Bobby Johnson, the Jazz Prophets, Music Theatre of Louisville, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Dick Sisto Trio, the Ron Jones Quartet, the Ron Hayden Trio, the Platters, DelfeayoMarsalis, the Jerry Tolson Quartet, the Mike Tracy Trio, the Robert Nickerson Band, the Sara Stivers Quartet, and the Carly Johnson trio . He can be spotted on weekends performing at the historic French Lick Hotel. He has studied jazz improvisation with Mike Tracy (U of L), David Baker ( Indiana Univ. ), Randy Salman ( DePauwUniv. ), Rufus Reid and Lynn Seaton (both of the JaneyAbersold Jazz Workshops).
In 1998 he was awarded an Eli Lilly Endowment “Teacher Creativity Fellowship” grant, which he used to research and write the composition “Megan’s Musing”, a jazz piece for high school orchestra. In 2003, he founded and wrote arrangements for “Celtic Fire”, a new string group playing a mix of jazz, bluegrass, and popular music. They were selected as the “Distinguished Ensemble” at the 2005 University of Louisville Jazz Festival . In 2008, Mr. Elmore was honored by receiving the WHAS "ExCel" Award, a recognition given to outstanding teachers in the Louisville Metropolitan area.
Mr. Elmore currently resides in New Albany with his wife of 20 years, April, who teaches science at Highland Hills MS, and their three children, Megan , a college freshman,, Ian, a sophomore bassist at FCHS, and Claire, a nine-year-old cellist who recently played "Lightly Row" at a cello masterclass (between giggles).