Rachele Jones and Danny Kaul, Directors
Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Rachele Jones and Danny Kaul, is offered to intermediate-level musicians, usually between the ages of 11 and 14. The orchestra serves as the final stepping-stone for membership in the Symphony Orchestra. The Philharmonic is open to intermediate string, woodwind, brass, and percussion players. Members perform a wide variety of repertoire utilizing intermediate to advanced arrangements. Musicians seeking membership in this group for the first time are generally entering their 3rd year of school band or orchestra (7th grade) or have completed at least 2 years of private lessons.
* An audition is required for membership into this group.
Danny Kaul – Philharmonic Orchestra
Danny Kaul holds Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota and currently teaches orchestra and band in the Olathe Public Schools. He has performed as Principal Bassist of the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony and has played for numerous musical theater productions throughout the Midwest. In addition to his performing, he was also the guest conductor for the Southeast South Dakota Area Band Festival. Mr. Kaul is a member of the International Society of Bassists. He currently lives in Olathe with his wife Julie and their twin daughters Alexandra and Megan.
Rachele Jones – Philharmonic Orchestra
Rachele Jones is currently serving her seventh year as co-director of the Philharmonic Youth Symphony. Her teaching experience includes Director of Orchestras at Olathe North High School from 2008-2012 and Director of Orchestras for grades 4-12 in Lindsborg, Kansas from 2005-2007. Mrs. Jones graduated from Washburn University where she served as concert master for two years and as a member of the Honors Fetter Quartet for four years. In addition to teaching, she enjoys performing as a violinist and has been a member of the Topeka Symphony, the Bethany Community Orchestra, and the Lee’s Summit Symphony. She also has been featured as a soloist with both the Washburn Orchestra and the Bethany Community Orchestra.