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Camden (“Cam”) Dumas joins the staff of FYAO this year as Executive Director, bringing with her a passion for education and years of experience both in education and arts management. Ms. Dumas received her Bachelor’s Degree from Stetson University in 2003, majoring in Music Education. She joined the inaugural staff of the Osceola County School for the Arts as the orchestra director, where she stayed until 2006, when she decided to pursue her Master’s Degree at Florida State University. She graduated from Florida State University in 2008 with her Masters in Arts, majoring in Arts Administration, and came back to Orlando and back into education. Ms. Dumas is currently the orchestra director at Denn John Middle School in Kissimmee, where she has been for the past two years.
Along with teaching, Ms. Dumas is the orchestra manager for the Encore! Cast Performing Arts. Encore! is comprised of a group of talented Walt Disney World Cast Members and their families that give back to the community through music. Proceeds from Encore’s shows benefit local charities. To date, Encore has raised over $350,000 for local charities. Along with her duties as orchestra manager, Ms. Dumas is also principal cellist of the Encore orchestra and a featured soloist with the ensemble.
Ms. Dumas still has an active performance schedule, playing in multiple orchestras and ensembles around the Central Florida area. She also gigs with Fretless Rock and Clambake Productions, and gets called upon to perform in pit orchestras across Florida. Ms. Dumas has an extensive private studio of very talented cello students, with several violin and viola students as well.
Ms. Dumas is thrilled to be joining the FYAO team and sharing her passion and knowledge of the arts with our students!