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Jorell Williams, Curt Ebersole, and Candice Hoyes

Pops & Patriots

Sunday July 4, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

$40, $59, $76, $92

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Sunday July 4, 2021 @ 4:00 pm

Celebrate Independence Day at Caramoor! The Westchester Symphonic Winds are back for their annual tribute to America’s independence with a program of works for symphonic winds including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Stars and Stripes Forever, an Ellington Portrait, and a Gershwin medley performed by vocalists Candice Hoyes and Jorell Williams (both alumni of Caramoor’s Bel Canto Young Artist program).

Due to the ongoing pandemic, there will be no fireworks this year in order to prevent exceeding large gathering limitations.


Westchester Symphonic Winds
Curt Ebersole, conductor
Candice Hoyes, soprano
Jorell Williams, baritone


Smith: The Star-Spangled Banner (Arr. by Walter Damrosch/ John Philip Sousa)
Herman: Overture to Mame (arr. by Barton Green)
Sparke: Jubilee Overture
Svanhoe: Barnum and Tesla’s Tandem Bicycle from Steampunk Suite
King: Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite
Ellington: An Ellington Portrait (arr. by Floyd Werle)
Sousa: The Invincible Eagle
Gershwin: I Got Gershwin (Arr. by Matt Podd)
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture, Op. 49 (Mayhew L. Lake)
Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever (Keith Brion & Loras Schissel)

Learn About the Artists

Curt Ebersole, conductor / music director

Curt Ebersole has served as the Conductor and Music Director (John P. Paynter Memorial Chair) of the Westchester Symphonic Winds since 2008, fostering its exponential growth over the past 11 years. 

He retired from Northern Valley Regional High School (Old Tappan, NJ) in 2013 after serving as Director of Instrumental Music for 31 years. His ensembles were honored with consistent critical accolades, and his instrumental Prism Concerts became a local rite of spring. He now serves on the faculty at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York. 

Ebersole earned a Bachelor of Music Education and a Master of Music in Conducting from Northwestern University, where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter and clarinet with Larry Combs. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts in Clarinet Performance from SUNY-Purchase, where he studied with Ben Armato.

Ebersole has served as guest conductor for numerous county, regional, all-state, and adult community ensembles across the nation, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space, and with the U.S. Army Field Band. He is the founding coordinator of the Music Educators of Bergen County Wind Conducting Symposium. He has served as a clinician at the Midwest Clinic, Temple University Wind Conducting and Teaching Workshops, Florida Music Educators Association Convention, and presented his TED Talk “Framing Failure” at TEDxOneonta in 2017. He is a practitioner of both Positive Psychology and the Harkness Method. 

Ebersole’s performance achievements include solo and ensemble performances as both a clarinetist and basset hornist, including principal clarinet of Westchester Symphonic Winds in 1989-1990. 

He was selected as the Northern Valley District Teacher of the Year in 1994 and Bergen County Teacher of the Year in 1995. The Mayor and Council of Old Tappan honored him for 20 years of service to the community in 2002. His distinguished awards include a 2003 Master Music Teacher Award from the New Jersey Music Educators Association, a 2003 Governor’s Award in Arts Education., and a 2009 New Jersey Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award. In addition, Yale University honored him with their Distinguished Music Educator Award in 2011. 

Ebersole is a native of Lancaster County, PA, and a current resident of White Plains, N.Y. In addition to his busy musical life, he enjoys riding America’s fastest and tallest roller coasters. 

Candice Hoyes, soprano

Candice Hoyes is a groundbreaking multi-genre artist poised to “shape the modern musician- cum-activist role” for her generation [NPR]. Soulful and classically trained, her love of music began at age six when she began studying piano and eavesdropping as her grandfather spun iconic jazz vinyls that filled their home. This season, she performed at the legendary Blue Note NYC, The Public Theater, Harlem Stage, La Petite Halle in Paris and BET France. Recently, Vibe Magazine named her one of the top NYC underground artists to watch in 2018 and Man Repeller dubbed her “a quadruple threat: a talented jazz artist, style icon, feminist and historian.”

Hoyes has shared the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Lin Manuel Miranda, Ray Angry of The Roots, Philip Glass, Deepak Chopra, and Wycliffe Gordon, and is a popular collaborator among her contemporaries. She began formal vocal study as an undergraduate at Harvard University, soon gracing the international stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as an award-winning classical soloist. In 2015, she toured and recorded with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under artistic director Marsalis, before releasing her own critically-acclaimed album debut, ‘On A Turquoise Cloud.’ In 2017, Hoyes delivered a TED Talk performance reflecting her evolution to date, composing music across genres inspired by literature and archival research from the Black Diaspora. In 2018, she curated a Minnie Riperton show at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater and “Lena Horne at 100” at HarlemStage. Her music was featured at New York Fashion Week and in the BET/TV5 Monde film USA, La Recette Caribéenne du Success.

As a public speaker and educator, Hoyes has written for publications including the Los Angeles Review of Books, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and Blavity. She has spoken on international platforms including [email protected], the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Dropbox Artist Spotlight (for which she was the first), LinkedIn Artist Spotlight, Left of Black, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Law, The Wing, and the Harvard Alumni Association.

Hoyes created and leads a lecture performance series for Jazz at Lincoln Center and the City University of New York, and has taught across the US including UC Berkeley, Duke University, and the United Nations School, as well as numerous museums, cultural centers, and public schools for all ages. She is the first music curator at The Abbey in Princeton, NJ.

Hoyes recorded and released her second album, which she composed, in 2019. She is an endorsed artist by Earthworks High Definition Microphones.

Jorell Williams, baritone

Jorell Williams is an American operatic baritone with a wide variety of  experience from standard repertoire to premiere pieces, performing in  collaboration with the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center Theater, Seattle Opera, New York City Opera, Atlanta Opera, On-Site Opera, Urban Arias, Opera Columbus, Fort Worth Opera, and  Finger Lakes Opera.  

Jorell is widely recognized for his  concert work, having performed as soloist with Carnegie Hall, Omaha Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey, Juneau Symphony, Eugene  Symphony, Geneseo Symphony, The  Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, Caelis Academy Ensemble, Essential  Voices USA, The Little Orchestra Society, Hudson Chorale, National Chorale, and the Harlem Chamber Players.

His career has brought him on  tour with the Mark Morris Dance  Company, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Chorale Le Chateau, and the Brooklyn Art Song Society. He has also worked alongside some of today’s most versatile artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Damien  Sneed, Jon Batiste, David Lang, and most  recently, Jennifer Higdon – for  her 2017 Grammy nominated World  Premiere Opera Cold  Mountain with  the Santa Fe Opera. Winner  of  the  2018 Rochester Classical Idol XII Prize and Audience Choice award, Jorell garners top awards from some of the most prestigious competitions in the world, including the American Traditions  Competition, Gerda Lissner International Competition, Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges, Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation, The American Prize, Serge Koussevitzky Foundation, David Adams Art Song Competition, Civic Morning Musicals Foundation, Harlem Opera  Competition, National Association of Negro Musicians, and the Liberace Foundation.

He in an alumnus of Caramoor’s Bel Canto Young Artist Program, the Composers and the Voice Program at The American Opera Project, Ravinia Steans Music Institute, and Songfest at Colburn in Los Angeles. He also trained at Santa Fe Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and holds degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music. He is an advocate for artist rights and is a newly appointed artistic council advisor for On-Site Opera and the new music board for the Brooklyn Art Song Society, using his experience to consult with arts organizations on their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives.

All artists and dates are subject to change and cancellation without notice as we work closely with local health experts and officials. Please note that all performances at Caramoor are in compliance with current New York State Regulations. Read our latest Health & Safety updates.