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Devereaux, Yvette (M.)

Devereaux, Yvette (M.), conductor, violinist, composer, educator; b. Los Angeles, CA. Devereaux earned a Masters degree in music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (John Hopkins University, Baltimore,  MD) after completing her Bachelor's degree from Chapman University.  She was the first African-American woman to be accepted into the conducting programs at both Chapman University and the Peabody Conservatory.  Her principal instructors were Fredrik Prausnitz and John Koshak.  She received her violin training from Earl Carlyss (Julliard String Quartet), Anne Thatcher, and John Sambuco, among others.

As a violinist, Devereaux has performed one week with McCoy Tyner (trio and string quartet), and worked with Teddy Edwards, Al McKibbon, Phil Wright, Ricki Woodard, Art Hillery, Horace Silver, Carl Randall, Jim Hughart, Billy Higgins and others.She has also worked with John Williams, Diana Krall, Johnny Mandel, Celine Dion, Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, George Duke, George Benson, Kenny G, Diane Schurr, Kathleen Battle, Diane Reeves,  Barry White, Natalie Cole, Nina Simone, Stanley Clarke, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin and many others.

An accomplished classical conductor, she is the founder and artistic director of the Progressive Symphony and its educational component, The Progressive Arts Academy, based in Compton, California.  In 1997 she was a semi-finalist in the International Conductor Competition, Pescara, Italy. In 1995 she appeared as guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.  She was the first woman to hold the position of Music Director/Conductor of the Southeast Community Symphony in Los Angeles. She has conducted the Chapman University Chamber Orchestra and University Symphony on an international tour. As founder/CEO of Batonic Music Publishing, she supports, publishes, and records works by American composers.

Television and films:
Fantasia 2000; The Grammys, Emmys, Soul Train, American Music,  NAACP's Image and Essence award shows; Chicago Hope, Not Our Son, The Panthers, What's Love Got To Do With It 'The Tina Turner Story', Cool Running, Captain Ron, 60 Years of Disney, Beauty and the Beast and Pocahontas television specials and more.

Community Leadership Award sponsored by the Christian Methodist Episcopal Los Angeles); Lifetime Honoree for Artists
(Sponsored by the National Negro Women Coalition) The Sing-a-Rama Honoree of the Year.

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