Catalyst Youth Orchestra, a new type of orchestra.
Catalyst Youth Orchestra is a new type of orchestra that reflects the interconnected and ever-changing world in which we live. While Catalyst has great respect for the many traditions associated with the orchestra (compositions by giants like Beethoven, tuxedos and fancy dresses, beautiful concert halls, etc.), we at Catalyst believe it is time to give the orchestra model an update. Catalyst provides participants the opportunity to collaborate with one another in an innovative environment that explores ALL genres of music as a gateway for broader learning. This genre spanning orchestra will perform music that is both relevant and exciting to youthful sensibilities, while not overlooking the great traditions on which the orchestra is based. We at Catalyst hope to be a catalyst for musical change in the world. Come be a part of the change.
Meet Charles duChateau (AKA “Mr. D")
Charles duChateau, founder and music director, is a multi-instrumentalist, conductor and educator. In addition to conducting, he has played piano, cello, accordion and erhu on (or near) Broadway for the last 20 years. When “Mr. D” is not teaching, you can find him in a Broadway orchestra pit either conducting or playing cello or piano in the orchestra. Some of his credits include Carousel, The King & I, Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark (with a score by Bono and the Edge of U2), South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, and national tours of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. He has appeared with pop acts such as Ben Folds, Hall & Oates, and Beck. He has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Conan O’Brien Show, and Saturday Night Live. Mr. D loves introducing new music to young people. He has led youth rock bands, choruses, chamber groups and currently serves as the director of the string department at Tuckahoe Middle and High Schools. Mr. D lives in lower Westchester with his wife, two teenage sons, and their three cats!