Born and raised in Honolulu, Brandon Correa graduated from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa with a Bachelor of Music degree in violin performance. He became the strings director for the Hawaii Ambassadors’ European Tours and taught orchestra at St. Andrew’s Priory School. Mr. Correa also taught for the Hawaii Youth Symphony, Pacific Music Institute, and Kamehameha Schools. He received his Masters of Music Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied conducting with Donald Schleicher and string pedagogy with Louis Bergonzi. Mr. Correa was Director of Orchestras at South Salem High School and Leslie Middle School from 2006 to 2013, during which his orchestras toured and performed in Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, and Prague. Mr. Correa also taught conducting at the Pioneer High School orchestra camp at Interlochen, Michigan. In 2013, Mr. Correa conducted the Lysenko Symphony Orchestra at the U Artist Conductors’ Workshop in Kiev, Ukraine where he studied again with mentor Donald Schleicher. He returned to teaching orchestra in Oregon at McNary High School and Whiteaker Middle School. Mr. Correa currently teaches violin and viola privately in Salem and shares his time as a vineyard manager at Barrett Hill Vineyards and pouring wine for guests at Brooks Winery while he pursues his certification in vineyard management from Chemeketa Community College.