Deidra M. Denson

Deidra Denson, Associate Director of Bands, Director of Chamber Ensembles

Deidra Denson grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Bassoon Performance and a Master’s degree in Music Teaching. While at Oberlin, Ms. Denson performed with the Bläserquintett woodwind quintet during its Music from Oberlin tour, and was awarded two contrabassoon fellowships to attend the Aspen Music Festival. She played for several years with the Washington (DC) Bach Sinfonia, Mount Vernon (VA) Orchestra, Canton (OH) Symphony, Ashland (OH) Symphony Orchestra, Fairfax (VA) Wind Symphony, and the Potomac Winds woodwind quintet. During her time with Potomac Winds, the ensemble performed on the Sunday Concert Series at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Denson began her teaching career in Potsdam, New York, teaching grades 7-12. She began her tenure in Fairfax County, Virginia in 1989 when she became the Director of Bands at Poe Middle School. She later held the same position at Stone Middle School. Recognized several times as a distinguished educator in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, her bands consistently received superior ratings at the VBODA district band assessments and first place and grand champion awards at various regional competitions. Ms. Denson became the Assistant Director of Bands at Kilmer Middle School and began teaching elementary school band in 2003. From 2009 until 2015 she was the Associate Director of Bands at Longfellow Middle School as well as at McLean High School starting in 2012.

As of 2015 Ms. Denson maintains a full-time position at McLean High School as Associate Director of Bands, Director of Chamber Music, and Performing Arts Finance Coordinator. Ms. Denson is a member of the National Band Association, The National Association for Music Education, The Virginia Music Educators Association, and the Fairfax County Band Directors Association.

In her spare time Ms. Denson practices Krav Maga, lifts weights, reads mysteries and historical non-fiction, and enjoys hanging out with her wife and two adorable dogs in Vienna, Virginia.

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