A native of Arizona, Denisse began studies on the violin at the age of nine continually participating in her school's orchestras and other youth ensembles through high school. Her constant passion for music and desire to teach lead her to pursue a higher education in the field earning her a B.M. in music education from Arizona State University. A second passion, conducting, was discovered while at Arizona State. After a year of private lessons, she knew she wanted to officially specialize in this area and received an M.M. in orchestral conducting from Brigham Young University.
Denisse Vallecillos is currently the Director of Orchestras at Juan Diego Catholic Schools which includes the High School, Middle School, and Elementary School orchestras as well as a Chamber Orchestra. She is honored to join the West Jordan Symphony as Music Director this season and is thrilled to work with such dedicated musicians.
She keeps busy teaching private lessons and playing violin whenever possible including with the Utah Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, recording gigs, small chamber groups, and quartets.
Past Music Directors
Shane Mickelsen (Winter 2015 - Spring 2018)
Shane attributes his love of music to his mother, who was both his piano and music theory teacher. In middle and high school, he nurtured his love for choral and instrumental music simultaneously by singing with the madrigals while serving as drum major of the marching band. Seeing a brighter future for himself in vocal music, he pursued operatic singing at Utah State University where he met his wife Kacee, now an award-winning soprano and sought-after teacher. At age 18, Shane conducted and music-directed the premier of his one-act opera: The Wolf and the Seven Kids, which he composed on commission from the School of Music.
After completing a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance, and subsequently serving an LDS mission in Italy, Shane earned a Master's Degree from the University of Utah in Music Composition. Feeling a great desire to actively participate in orchestral music, he spent the next two years with the Utah Philharmonic Orchestra serving as bass clarinetist, artistic director, and associate conductor. Shane is now very pleased be with the West Jordan Symphony and is grateful to associate with its members. He considers himself an active clarinetist, composer, voice teacher, schoolteacher, conductor, husband, and father.
Larry White (2003 - Winter 2015)