The Dayton Mandolin Orchestra (DMO) performs at local concerts, holiday celebrations and other events in the Dayton and Greater Miami Valley area. The orchestra features the members of the mandolin family: Mandolin, Mandola, Octave, Mandocello and Mandobass; and their acoustical cousins, the Guitar and Contrabass, with additional instrumentalists as needed.
DMO's repertoire consists of a wide variety of music spanning the Seventeenth through Twenty-first Centuries: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, light Jazz/Big Band, Contemporary, patriotic and seasonal numbers, with a special emphasis on music of the early Twentieth Century: "The Golden Age" of the Mandolin Orchestra's history.
The Dayton Mandolin Orchestra, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit musical arts organization, relies upon our dedicated friends and supporters. Revenue from ticket sales provides only a small portion of the operating expense required to create quality programs for your enjoyment. Your generous tax-deductible contributions enable us to continue to bring wonderful concerts to the public on a regular basis.
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James Johnston enjoys a varied career as a conductor, performer, arranger and teacher. In addition to the Dayton Mandolin Orchestra, he is also the Music Director of the Yellow Springs Chamber Orchestra, Yellow Springs Community Band, Yellow Springs Community Chorus, and Music Director and Organist for the First Presbyterian Church in Yellow Springs. Formerly Chair of the Music Department at Antioch College, Mr. Johnston has served as the Conducting Assistant of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and was the founding Music Director of the Southern Indiana Youth Symphony. He currently teaches conducting and humanities at Marian University in Indianapolis.
Mr. Johnston has also taught and conducted at Indiana University, Bloomington and at Earlham College. He has led successful concerts in past years with the Miami Valley Symphony, and the popular outdoor Symphony-on-the-Green summer concerts for the Muncie Symphony.
His arrangements and performances as a violinist can be heard on the Sony, Dorian, Titanic and North Star labels, and include music for the Christmas season, music from 19th c. America, and music about the game of baseball. Mr. Johnston arranged several pieces heard on the 2005 Public Radio special Carols for Dancing, produced by WGBH radio and played by the group Renaissonics. In the fall of 2007, he also arranged the title music for the Public Radio New Year’s special called Watchnight, which aired on stations nationwide. Mr. Johnston studied at Bucknell University, the New England Conservatory and the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and conducting at the Pierre Monteux School and the Aspen Music School.