He holds his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from East Carolina University. While in attendance at East Carolina, he continued his studies on viola under the instruction of Ara Gregorian and Nicholas Chords. He studied conducting under the instruction of Hisao Watanabe and recently Jorge Richter of East Carolina University.
He moved to the Hampton Roads area of Virginia in 2007 and is now entering his sixth season as Director of Orchestras at Frank W. Cox High School. Mr. Hardwick is a sought after guest conductor and clinician and has worked with orchestras all around the United States. In 2012 he was invited to conduct the Xibus World Tour in collaboration with the Turtle Island String Quartet at Jordan Hall – Boston, MA.
In 2011 Mr. Hardwick was one of 50 teachers in the nation, honored by Yale University to receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator’s Award. He has also been recognized by Virginia Beach City Public Schools as an outstanding conductor and music educator. In 2011, he proudly joined the staff of the Bay Youth Orchestras of Virginia as the conductor of the Bay Youth Concert Orchestra (www.bayyouth.org).
He is a member of the Music Educators National Conference, the Virginia Music Educators Association, and the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association. He continues to perform as a session violist and violinist. Mr. Hardwick recently served on music faculty for the Assai International Performance Institute at Millersville University, PA.
Mr. Hardwick resides in Chesapeake, Virginia with his wife Christi and son Christian. He is dedicated to the advocacy of orchestra and music programs everywhere and has spoken publicly at various venues throughout the southeastern United States. Feel free to contact Mr. Hardwick – email@example.com