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Violinist Destiny Ann Mermagen, formerly Destiny Ann Hoyle, is enjoying a successful career as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher in the musical arts. A native of Rapid City, South Dakota, Destiny Ann performed regularly with the Black Hills Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. During the summer of 2002, Destiny Ann was selected on full-scholarship to participate in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute. She was featured as soloist at the 2003 American String Teachers Association Convention in Columbus, Ohio with the Rapid City Central Chamber Orchestra, which was the only chamber orchestra in the nation to be selected for participation. She has been involved in various musical and educational productions throughout the world, including those with the National Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Virginia Chamber Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Peabody Conservatory, University of Maryland School of Music, and The Catholic University of America.
As the winner of international competitions and performance awards, Destiny Ann has had the pleasure of performing in prestigious venues such as Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Opera House, and Millennium Stage; Maryland’s Strathmore Hall; New York City’s Carnegie Hall and many others across the United States, Europe and Russia. Destiny Ann worked in conjunction with Dream Works and Paramount Pictures for Joe Wright’s movie, The Soloist. She is also featured in the PBS Documentary Partisan Pictures film, Defiant Requiem: Voices of Resistance, both in the 2006 performance in Terezín, Czech Republic, and the chamber music soundtrack recorded in 2012. In 2011, Destiny Ann was featured as soloist at the 65th Annual International Midwest Clinic in Chicago, IL, with the ASTA Grand Champion winners Rapid City Central Chamber Orchestra. She was also a featured guest performer at the 2013 IDRS Conference in Los Angeles, CA, where she performed Paganini’s Duos for Bassoon and Violin. In 2015, Destiny Ann was nominated the winner of Live Positive, and donated the $10,000 cash prize to Washington, D.C.'s Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she spends treasured time volunteering musical performances.
During her time in Washington, D.C., Destiny Ann received her Master of Music Degree on full-scholarship with distinguished violinists & Professors Jody Gatwood & Luis Haza. Her studies also included working with the esteemed Elisabeth Adkins, Associate Concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra & Linda Schroeder of the National Symphony Orchestra. Other notable teachers include Espen Lilleslåtten, who served as Concertmaster for 15 years of the Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester, as well as summer studies at the Aspen Music Festival with renowned teachers Paul Kantor and Sylvia Rosenberg.
As a passionate proponent and grateful product of early music education, Destiny Ann began playing violin in elementary school under the direction of Coral White, followed by Bruce and Carol Knowles. Thankful for the teachers and mentors who have guided her throughout life and in music, Destiny Ann similarly strives to ensure that her students have a positive and enriching musical experience. She teaches at several schools in the Capitol region and across the United States; She is also faculty violin instructor for the string program of the Coastal Youth Symphony of Georgia.
In praise of her cowgirl roots, a recent successful and barn-burner of a performance of Franck’s Sonata for Violin and Piano was quoted in the Washington Post as “endearingly coltish.” She especially loves performing chamber music with her husband, cellist Michael Mermagen.